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ANAHITA
Also known as ANAITIS, ARDVI-SURA

A picture showing the legend of ANAHITA taken from our Middle-Eastern mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Middle-Eastern Gods, Middle-Eastern Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

A Feminist Water Goddess of Fertility, Birth and Womenhood.

With all those dominating male Gods strutting about the region, it's nice to come across a female deity. Particularly one as benevolent as ANAHITA. She looks after the well-being of women, promotes fertility and safe childbirth, and generally makes female life a bit easier to cope with.

Perhaps as a symbol of purity, she is also involved in the water industry and loves to splish and splash in rivers and streams. Preferably ones that are clean and crystal-clear.

Her own-label Pure Spring Water may well have been a best-seller in Scythia, Canaan and Phoenicia, as her popularity spread all over the place. She's still revered today, although her bottled spring water is no longer available in the stores.

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Article last updated on 30 January 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ANAHITA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ANAHITA
Area or people : Persia
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ANAITIS, ARDVI-SURA
Popularity index : 241

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