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Goddess of the Volcanic Mount Etna

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Aetna

AITNA (Aetna) was the goddess of the volcanic Mount Etna in Sicily, southern Italy. By either Zeus or Hephaestus she became the mother of the Palici, gods of geysers and hot-water springs. Aetna was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia.

Mount Etna in Sicily is believed to have derived its name from her, and under it Zeus buried the giant Typhon, Enceladus, or Briareus. The restless turnings of the respective giant that was buried beneath the mountain are said to be the cause of the mountain's lava-flow and earthquakes. Her mountain is also believed to be the place where Hephaestus and the Cyclops made Zeus' thunderbolts.

Aetna the white-clad summit, nursing through all the year her frozen snows. From the dark depths below she flings aloft fountains of purest fires, that no foot can approach. In the broad light of day rivers of glowing smoke pour forth a lurid stream, and in the dark a red and rolling flood tumbles down the boulders to the deep sea's plain in riotous clatter. These dread flames that creeping monster sends aloft, a marvel to look on, and a wondrous tale even to hear, from those whose eyes have seen it. Such is the being bound between the peaks of Aitna in her blackened leaves and the flat plain, while all his back is torn and scarred by the rough couch on which he lies outstretched.

–Simonides

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History and Myths

AETNA (Aitnê), a Sicilian Greek goddes, and according to some, a daughter of Uranus and Gaea, or of Briareus. Said to have acted as an arbitrator between Hephaestus and Demeter respecting the possession of Sicily. By Zeus or Hephaestus she became the mother of the Palici.

Mount Aetna in Sicily was believed to have derived its name from her, and under it Zeus buried Typhon, Enceladus, or Briareus. The mountain itself was believed to be the place in which Hephaestus and the Cyclops made the thunderbolts for Zeus.

Vital Statistics

Titles

Goddess of the Volcanic Mount Etna
Mother of the Palici

Gender

Female

Status

Immortal

Species

Goddess

Affiliation

Olympians [ Presumably ]

Weapon

Not specified

Home

Mount Etna in Sicily

Roman Form

Aetna [ Presumably ]

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Uranus

Mother

Gaea

Spouse(s)

N/A

Siblings

Tmolos, Oreios, Parnes, Nysos, Kithairon, Helikon, Athos (The Ourea)
Pontus
Oceanus, Koios, Krios, Hyperion, Iapetos, Kronos, Theia, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Tethys, Phoebe (Titans)
The Hecatonchires
The Cyclopses

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

The Palici

Lover(s)

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

Volcanic Mount Etna

Symbols

N/A

Sacred Animals

N/A

Sacred Plants

N/A

Assumed Powers

  • Possesses the standard powers of a goddess.
  • Control over Mount Etna.
  • Control over lava/magma, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

Trivia

Trivia

  • Mount Etna was one of the main places where Celestial Bronze is forged. It's peak was sheared off by Zeus's master bolts.
  • Typhon was imprisoned here before the westward migration.
  • According to myths, Typhon was nearly about to destroy Zeus when the latter grabbed his Master Bolt and knocked Typhon back away from Greece where he dropped Mount Etna on him.

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References

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