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Greek Mother Spirit

Also known as AMALTHEIA

The foster mother of Zeus

One of the NYMPHS, she was called in to suckle the infant ZEUS amidst much secrecy and intrigue. At all costs CRONUS must not know of his son’s existence, so she hid him in a cave on Mount Aigaion.

It probably wasn’t much fun hiding baby ZEUS in such a spot. Particularly as she’d employed a team of CYBELE worshippers to dance and drum and make incredibly loud noises outside the cave to ensure no-one heard baby ZEUS wailing.

Other versions of the legend claim that AMALTHEA was not so much a Nymph as a Goat. Okay, so Mount Aigaion means ‘Mountain of the Goat’, but that’s hardly convincing proof.

In these versions, poor baby ZEUS is left to create his own entertainment as AMALTHEA the Goat would not, we imagine, be very talkative. Strictly a suckling and warmth cuddles deal there.

Goat or Nymph? Let the reader decide. Perhaps AMALTHEA the Nymph kept a goat. The answer may lie in the stars where you’ll find her leading a quiet and secretive life in the constellation of Capricorn the goat.


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AMALTHEIA
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : spiritual being

In charge of : Motherhood
God of : Mother

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index : 14433

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Article last updated on 25 August 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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