The Goddess Arduinna
Arduina, Arduinnae, Arduinne, Ardbinna.
Culture: Gallo-Roman, Gaulish, Celtic Mythology. Belgium; Luxembourg; France; Düren, Germany.
Similiar to: Gallo-Roman Goddess Diana.
Deity of: “Lady of the Forests”. Goddess of the Heights, Moon, Forests, and Hunting.
Sacred Animals, Plants, Stones, Etc.: The Boar.
Her name is derived from the Gaulish “arduo” meaning “height”. Several place names are named after her. Especially the Ardennes Woods (Arduenna silva), the Forest of Arden (England), and the personal names of “Arduunus” and “Arda”. Eponymous Goddess of the Ardennes Forest and region, represented as a huntress riding a boar especially in the present-day regions of Belgium, Luxembourg, and France – in the Ardennes region. The Goddess Arduinna considers wild boars sacred. There is a asteroid and a plant species named after her. The most popular reference of her comes from a Roman inscription in Rome, Ialy where she is invoked along with Camulus, Jupiter, Mercury, and Hercules. There is a bronze Gallo-Roman statue of a woman bearing a short belted tunic, riding a boar side saddle, and holding a knife assumed to be Arduinna by the 19th century antiquarian who discovered it as the modern symbol of the Ardennes region is a boar. She is known of first by two inscriptions – the Düren, Germany deae Ardbinnae (CIL XIII, 07848) and the Rome, Italy Arduinne (CIL VI, 00046). Her name derivatives are found on coinage of the Treveri and the Galatian Αρδή. It was in 565 C.E. hat Saint Walfroy (Wulfilaïc) preached to his local parish and community in Villers-devant-Orval forbidding them to worship Arduinna any longer.
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