Artio

May 11th, 2008 by sabrina

Artio (pronounced ARE-tee-oh) is the Gaulish Goddess of wild animals, especially bears. She was worshipped in Switzerland, where a bronze statue of her feeding a bear calls her Deae Artioni. She is also associated with fertility and fruition, since breeding bears spend their hibernation pregnant and give birth when they rise in the spring.

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