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Agathos Daimon

Agathos Daimon  

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(Ἀγαθὸς δαίμων), ‘good god/destiny/fortune’. He is particularly closely associated with the proper use of wine (cf. modern toasts such as ‘cheers’, ‘good luck’): he received small libations of ...
amphibia

amphibia  

A class of anamniote vertebrate animals in the superclass Tetrapoda. They are characterized by having gills during the larval stage; these are typically replaced by lungs in the adults. The skin is ...
animals in cult

animals in cult  

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Numerous features of Greek religion attest links between animals and gods, usually between one animal or group of animals and one divinity. Thus Athena is associated with various birds (in Athens ...
boa

boa  

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Large constricting snake that gives birth to live young. The boa constrictor (Constrictor constrictor) of the American tropics can grow to 3.7m (12ft) in length. The iridescent rainbow boa, the ...
deer

deer  

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The familiar ruminant, swift-footed animal of European forests (Cervidae) has long played an important role in the Celtic imagination, especially the male of the species, the mighty horned stag, ...
eagle

eagle  

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This large bird of prey, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight, is traditionally regarded as the king of birds. In the 15th-century Boke of St Albans, the eagle is listed in ...
fauna

fauna  

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All the animal life normally present in a given habitat at a given time. See also macrofauna; microfauna. Compare flora.
garter snake

garter snake  

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Non-venomous snake native to North and Central America. They are usually olive-brown with yellow, orange, red or blue stripes, often spotted with black. Length: to 60cm (24in). Family Colubridae; ...
John Klimax

John Klimax  

(or ὁ τη̑ς Κλίμακος, “of the Ladder”), also called Scholastikos or Sinaites, theologian and saint; born before 579, died ca.650 (F. Nau, BZ 11 [1902] 35–37); feastday 30 Mar.His ...
maenads

maenads  

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In ancient Greece, a female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites. Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes via Latin from Greek Mainas, ...
Meilichios

Meilichios  

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A cult epithet meaning roughly ‘who can, but needs to, be propitiated’. The primary Meilichios was Zeus. He was a god of individuals and of semi-familial groups (K. Forbes, Philologus ...
mice

mice  

Ceremonially unclean creatures (Lev. 11: 29) for faithful Hebrews, but allegedly eaten by idolaters (Isa. 66: 17), who will suffer the consequences. Golden mice were placed in the Ark by the ...
rattlesnake

rattlesnake  

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Any of c.30 species of venomous New World pit vipers characterized by a tail rattle of loosely connected segments of unshed skin. It ranges from Canada to South America, usually ...
religion, Minoan and Mycenaean

religion, Minoan and Mycenaean  

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Bronze age Cretan (Minoan) religion assumed what we may take to be its canonical form with the second palaces in the middle bronze age. From the latter half of the ...
reptile

reptile  

Any cold‐blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, which includes tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, and crocodiles. See also herpetofauna.
snakebite

snakebite  

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Less than a quarter of the 2500 species of snake are venomous. They have fangs which are either grooved or contain a venom channel to introduce the venom into their ...
viper

viper  

A venomous snake, taken as the type of malignancy and treachery, but whose flesh was formerly believed to have great nutritive or restorative properties, and was used medicinally. Early allusive ...
water moccasin

water moccasin  

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Venomous semi-aquatic snake of se USA. It is a pit viper, closely related to the copperhead. When threatened, it vibrates its tail and holds its white mouth open. Length: to 1.2m (4ft). Family ...

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