In ancient pagan religions, the goddess of beauty andlove was respected no less than the supreme deities. She was worshiped, built temples, sacrificed, tried to appease for the sake of family well-being and a happy life.
Slavic Goddess of Beauty - Lada
Each nation has its own history and its own religiousbeliefs. Most of all, we, of course, heard about Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of love and beauty. But this does not mean at all that we Slavs did not have their patroness of the family hearth. And here it was, called her Lada. The Slavs believed that she patronizes marriages, strengthens them, brings happiness and tranquility to the family. Therefore, the most popular goddess of beauty Lada enjoyed in young couples who brought her gifts of berries, flowers, honey and live birds. Lada also patronized young mothers and their children. She was very fond of the Slavic people. Often holidays were organized in her honor. The Slavs believed that the goddess listened to all requests and tried to fulfill them, so they called her gently Shedryna.
The Scandinavian goddess of beauty Freyashe fell in love with the people that she was given one week's day-Friday. No wonder in translation from German this day is called Freitag. This day, according to the legends, is favorable for marriages, love affairs and peace negotiations. Freya was also revered as the patroness of an armistice and family warmth.
Hathor is an Egyptian goddess of beauty and love,which adored fun, music and holidays. Therefore, she was depicted with a musical instrument - sistre. The Egyptians believed that the amulet in the form of a sisra on the neck protects from trouble and trouble. Particularly good Hathor was to the young couples, guarded their family hearth.
Probably, there is no person who does not know who suchthe Greek goddess of beauty. Her name has already become an association with unearthly beauty and unsurpassed love. The daughter of Uranus, the father of Zeus, she was born from the foam sea on the island of Crete.
She patronized musicians and writers,glorifying love, she was the greatest fan of real feelings. Although she did not represent an example of matrimonial fidelity, because she was the wife of the god of blacksmithing and the fire of Hephaestus, who was far from handsome. Because of this, the inhabitants of Olympus often witnessed her conflicts with the hero - the patroness of the family and the home. Even the cause of the Trojan War, the Greeks saw in Aphrodite, who sent a spell on Paris, after which he fell in love with Elena.
The Greeks had a rather peculiar concept of beauty: a strong elastic body, large facial features, huge body parts - it was considered beautiful. Such was depicted and Aphrodite.
The goddesses of beauty of each people are delicious in their own way. All peoples carefully treated the feeling of love, family relations and the upbringing of children, and therefore valued their goddesses very highly.