Etruscan mythology

The Etruscanss were a race of northern Italians eventually integrated into Rome. Many of the deities listed below were eventually part of the Roman pantheon.

Caveat: Since no written Etruscan literary texts have survived, two short incomplete texts, and only a modest number of inscriptions, the Etruscan language itself it not yet very well understood. The works of earlier Latin writers on Etruscan religious survivals would have filled the gap, if any of them had survived. Undaunted, modern Europeans looking for alternative cultural roots, embrace the dimly-perceived Etruscans, as everything that the Romans were not: not warlike, not patriarchal, not authoritarian. Consequently any list of Etruscan deities, with pronouncements concerning their character, must be taken in a spirit of caution

Any modern discussion of Etruscan mythology will have to be based on the publication of the Praenestine cistae: some two dozen fascicles of the Corpus Speculorum Etruscorum have now appeared. Specifically Etruscan mythological and cult figures appear in the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae. Etruscan inscriptions have recently been given a more authoritative presentation by Helmut Rix, Etruskische Texte.

The primary trinity included Tinia, Uni and Menrva

Etruscan mythological figures

  1. Aita
  2. Alpan
  3. Ani
  4. Aplu
  5. Artume
  6. Atunis
  7. Cautha
  8. Charontes
  9. Charun
  10. Culsu
  11. Evan
  12. Februus
  13. Feronia
  14. Fufluns
  15. Horta
  16. Laran
  17. Lasa
  18. Losna
  19. Mania
  20. Mantus
  21. Menrva
  22. Nethuns
  23. Nortia
  24. Selvans
  25. Semia
  26. Sethlans
  27. Tages
  28. Tarchon
  29. Thalna
  30. Thesan
  31. Tinia
  32. Tuchulcha
  33. Turan
  34. Turms
  35. Tyrrhenus
  36. Uni
  37. Vanth
  38. Veive
  39. Voltumna

External link

  • 'Mitologia Etrusca' (Italian) An enthusiast's site, part of an encyclopedia said to be of Mythology, folklore, sci-fi, fantasy and mysteries, gives virtually the same list as here, with virtually the same characterizations of the deities.



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