Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece


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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Eileithyia

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Birth
Area of expertise: Childbirth

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 2805

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Article last revised on September 06, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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