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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