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ORANS
Also known as MARY-ORANS

Paleolithic Mother Goddess with outstretched arms

She is an ancient figure painted on cave walls and carved in bone. She stands straight and tall with her arms stretched out and raised towards heaven. When Christianity came along she obviously was taken as a dead ringer for St MARY, but her true origins are lost in mystery.

Interestingly — and bizarrely — her image (which is a little like the letter Y) resembles that of certain carved effigies now believed in certain quarters to be a Bull-horned Bee Goddess. The idea is that her arms are really the horny bee antennae. We have come across a few theories but as far as Godchecker is concerned, the jury is still out on this sting in the tale.

For those wondering why people in the Ukraine area were worshipping bees in four thousand BC, well, bees = honey = mead. Job done.

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Article last updated on 08 February 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ORANS : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ORANS
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : MARY-ORANS
Popularity index : 257

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