Hygieia

January 9th, 2008 by sabrina

Hygieia is the Greek Goddess of health and cleanliness. She is the daughter of Asklepios, God of medicine and healing. Hygieia is usually depicted holding a snake, which drinks from a cup held by her. Snakes have long been a symbol of healing and rejuvenation—as the snake sheds its skin, so the human body can survive disease. Hygieia’s name is the source of our modern word “hygiene”.

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