Goddesses Across Cultures
It's important to note that many of the goddesses are related. Some seem to have been "transported" to new times or locations, renamed and slightly modified to fit their new environment. In the earliest times there seem to have been Great Goddesses, such as the Earth Goddesses, who were all encompassing in their roles and pretty "generic" in personality.
Next came goddesses, like the Triple Goddess, who were rather "all encompassing" but beginning to show some different sides to themselves, portrayed as different aspects or stages of their identity, such as maiden/mother/crone. Eventually even they diversified, creating a tremendous pantheon of major and minor goddesses with very specific areas of responsibility and with widely differentiated, rather "human", personality traits. . . which is how they came to be archetypes.
To the extent that the goddess archetypes represent images of women that are universal, present from the beginning of recorded history and throughout all cultures, we shouldn't be surprised at the considerable overlap we find. The characteristics and stories of the Roman Minerva parallel those of the Greek goddess Athena, and both show great similarity to that of the earlier Egyptian goddess, Maat, for example.
Now that you're familiar with the history of goddess names, are you ready to connect them with the stories that made these gals famous? Just use this link to read the goddess myths!
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