Sunday, January 1, 2012

Of the Gods: Hydros of the Waters

Hyrdos, whom some call Aquos, is the dual faced deity of the waters. Hyrdos is sometimes depicted as a couple twisted in a loving embrace.

Johan Sevenbom

In his male form, he is Triton, Lord of the Briny Sea, God of the Tempest. All seafarers put their trust in him. Sea Caves are his temples, and tales tell of cities that lie at the bottom of the oceans, where  all who dwell are his followers.

Johan Sevenbom

In her female form, she is Danu, Lady of the Lakes, Mistress of the Streams. Her sacred sites are springs, wells, and sacred rivers. The Danuté which flows through the Merchant's Republic is her namesake.

The fourth day of the week is Hiedrosdag. It recalls the fourth day of creation, when the Waters poured forth and filled the Skycup.

Thomas Moran
Samuel Hieronymous Grimm

Selena, Archon of the Waters, is responsible for the sacred wells and springs throughout Calabria. She called forth the water from the springs, and with her staff marked the sites of wells to be dug. Many of these sites have retained their natural state, but others have been built into bath houses and temples. Many such places have miraculous healing powers.

Johann Hermann Carmienke

Sea caves where the fresh water of rivers mix with the salty ocean are particularly honored. In such brackish waters the god and goddess are re-united. In such caves many marriages are ceremonies are performed and consummated.


The Danuté River, which flows through the Merchant's Republic, is the site of an annual pilgrimage during the Feast of the Waters, which occurs on the Spring equinox. Pilgrims travel from throughout Calabria and beyond to bathe in the cleansing and healing waters of the Danuté.

Nils Bergslien

There are many sad tales of denizens of the waters, and their ill-fated attraction to mortals.

Frederick Leighton

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