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ILITHYIA

Greek Childbirth Goddess

Also known as EILEITHYIA

Goddess of Childbirth

The daughter of ZEUS and HERA, she holds aloft a burning torch, symbolizing the pain of labor and the bringing forth of babies from the womb into the light. Or perhaps she just likes holding torches.

Following the pleas of HERA, she delayed the birth of HERACLES so his arch-rival EURYSTHEUS could nip in ahead of him to claim Kingship of Mycenae.

ILITHYIA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ILITHYIA
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Birth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : EILEITHYIA
Popularity index : 8410

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Article last updated on 10 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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