(ORDO NEWS) — In the ancient city of Kalenderis (Turkey), archaeologists found a statue of the three-headed goddess Hekate, which is already 2300 years old. This is reported by Arkeo News.
Excavations are ongoing in Kalenderis, started in 1987. According to Associate Professor Mahmut Aydin, during the excavations this season, it was possible to find a floor from the Roman period and Hellenistic ceramics.
Also in the layer where the ceramics were discovered, a 20-centimeter statue of the goddess Hekate was found, depicting three identical figures of the goddess Hekate, joined together and facing in different directions. The finder is about 2300-2400 years old, that is, it belongs to the Hellenistic period.
Similar statues were used at crossroads, and they were placed on pedestals on which directions were written. These statues also marked borders.
“Looking at the connection between the goddess Hecate and Kelanderis, we know that there is a temple of Hecate in the ancient city of Lagina in Mugla, and an inscription found there indicates that Kelanderis is one of the cities that take part in the competitions held every p “seven years, in honor of Hecate,” said Aydin.
In addition, Calenderis belongs to the cities whose inhabitants respect the sacred area of Hekate and undertake not to attack her.
Hecate is known to be the Anatolian and Thracian goddess of the Moon, Hell, all things mysterious, magic and sorcery, and the granddaughter of the Titans. The inhabitants of ancient Greece sometimes identified her with the moon goddess Selena. Hecate is sometimes called Artemis.
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