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Acca Larentia: Goddess of Fertility Celebrated on Larentalia

Acca Larentia (or Larentia), a mythical woman who occurs in the stories of early Roman history. Macrobius (Macr. 1.10), together with Plutarch (Quaest. Rom. 35; Romul. 5) relates the following tradition about her: In the reign of Ancus Martius [the fourth King of Rome] a servant (aedituus) of the temple of Hercules, during days of celebration, invited the …

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Story of Raiko (Minamoto Yorimitsu) in Japanese Mythology

Raiko was a legendary archer and hero during the reign of Emperor Murakami, who killed numerous demons during his career (948–1021). His original name was Minamoto no Yorimitsu, and though of the bushi (warrior) class (that is, not aristocrat in Heian Japan), he was appointed to several governorships. He was approached in a dream by …

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