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Temple- of- Hecate- at- Lagina
This Temple is actually located outside of Greece – it’s in Turkey; although she is a Greek Goddess, and is even still worshipped today. The Temple of Hecate Lagina “is located along the western edge of the Marsyas valley, the main north-south route connecting the towns of Tralles in the Maeander valley, with Alabanda, Stratonikeia, Pisye, and Idyma in the Bay of Keramos.
Social-political: Lagina lies within the territory of the settlement at Koranza; the sanctuary of Apollo and Artemis, principle sanctuary at Koranza, is a few hundred meters to the northwest.”
The Temple is built in several different styles – it has 4 Ioanian columns, which sonnect by a door to a stoa.
From the monumental entrance gate to the altar, there are ten rows of steps leading to the stone-paved road.
The temple,is encircled with five rows of steps. They are located on an Attic Ionian pedestal, with single row of columns with Corinthian capital at the center of the sanctuary. The temple is built in the Corinthian style.”
Hecate is a Pre-Olympian Greek Goddess ( in some myths said to be the daughter of two Titans, and left alone by Zeus when asked to join the other on Olympus; she also assisted Demeter in her search for her daughter Persephone (or saved depending on which version you read) who had many has many powers and oversees many things. In reading many sites and various books I have, the most common ones are She was associated with the crossroads – which shows her as a Triple Goddess as the Crone, a symbol of the waning of life( which is incorrect if you really think about it in regards to the fertility and childbirth connection) and moving onto the next - passing through the veils if you like; also associated with the lower world, nighttime and the moon, ghosts and spirits, magic, witches, sorcery, enchantments, magical charms and also known as the Invincible Queen or a Dark Goddess. As long as you are respectful to her she is fair and kind back. She is also a fertility Goddess; protector of women and children and disperses justice fairly. Many animals are associated with her; dogs are the best known,( some depictions on vases show Cerberus) and if you stand at a crossroads you may be able to hear the hellhounds or a dog barking or howling. SHe does have a day which is dedicated to her, referred to as Hecate Trivia, the night of the Crossroads, held on November 30.
The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism
Goddess Hectate - One Pagan's Perspective
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