Cave of Eileithya, Crete

Eileithya was the Goddess of all birth giving, both of humans and of the gods. The Greek Pausanias identified her with fate and spinning, making here older than Chronos (time).  Her womb-like cave and shrine is seen here; in it were found symbols and votive objects relating to her worship.   Eileithya (or Ilithyia) means "I am coming, I am hoping, I am bringing hope".

 

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