But their main Goddess has an interesting name, if this Paabo guy is right:
Once again, the inscription messages in this category are similar. They are communications with the Goddess, and for the most part wish the offering and prayer travels into the sky to Rhea. One again, while I may have mistakes in the details, in general it has to be correct. It is impossible to achieve such consistency of meaning by chance. Nowhere do I find a departure from the sentiment appropriate to a prayer to Rhea.
The inscriptions reveal a great deal about Veneti cosmology, and about their Rhea-oriented religion. Rhea, or Goddess, religion, according to ancient Greek historian Herodotus was becoming rare in his day, as the male-oriented Mars-worshipping Indo-European cultures were viciously against it. But the inscriptions reveal that the Veneti worshipped her intensely, and apparently Rhea was worshipped in the north too at the sources of amber, since the Roman historian Tacitus noted that the Aestii (and presumably Suebi) worshipped the ‘mother of the gods’ which was how Greco-Roman mythology had developed the pre-Greek Rhea.
The Phoenicians didn't call themselves Phoenicians, but Canaanites. (K.n.n).
To make my point about this Veneti Goddess clear: the Nordics has a Freyja, the OLB had a Frya, the Veneti had a Rhea.
Edited by Abramelin, 17 March 2012 - 04:42 PM.