Friday, January 29, 2010

Europa


Enlèvement d'Europe by Nöel-Nicolas Coypel, c. 1726


Europa looks like Mithras at first glance, and yet her story is more similar to that of Persephone. Europa is associated with Demeter but she's also known as a lunar cow, the moon and the cow both being traditionally feminine symbols in Indo-European culture.

For comparison, I've collected in this post links to various myths surrounding moon and cattle deities.

Europa (mythology) Wikipedia

Europa Mythweb.com

Europa www.greekmythology.com

The name of Europa far-hang.blogspot.com

Europa and Zeus by N.S. Gill, About.com Guide

Demeter www.in2greece.com

Demeter theoi.com

Sacred Cow – Cows and Cow-Goddesses Mythical Creatures World

A Celtic white cow goddess: Boann - The Clannada na Gadelica

River Boyne and the Milky Way Boyne Wisdom

Milky Way (mythology) - Wiki

Moons of Jupiter Buzzle.com

The primeval cow of Norse mythology: Auðumbla - Wiki

"Europa: Full Moon, the Great Goddess as Mother of all Europe. White Moon Cow. Garlanded white bulls were sacrificed to this Lunar Cow Goddess in Crete and Mycenae from a very early date." Goddesses of Ancient Greece, Avatars of the Goddess infinite8design.com

"...the cow came to symbolise the mother of the pharaoh. The cow was also a solar icon, where Nut carried the sun across the sky on her back, when she was in cow form." Animals and the Gods of Ancient Egypt

Bull (mythology) - Wiki

Io www.theoi.com

Egyptian mythology - Indopedia