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Deities and personifications of seasons


There are a number of deities associated with seasons and personifications of seasons in v arious my thologies, traditions, and fiction.

Contents
Winter
Spring
Summer Jean Goujon, The Four Seasons,
Autumn reliefs on the Hôtel Carnavalet, Paris,
c. 1550s.
Anemoi
References

Winter
Kheimon, from Greek kheima, a hora of winter, early ancient Greece
Hiems, the Roman personification of winter.
Beira, Queen of Winter, also Cailleach Bheur, a personification or deity of winter in Gaelic mythology
Boreas (Βορέας, Boréas; also Βορρᾶς, Borrhás) was the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter. His name meant "North Wind" or "Devouring One". His name gives rise to the
adjective "boreal".
Khione ((from χιών – chiōn, "snow") is the daughter of Boreas and Greek goddess of snow
Ded Moroz (literally "Grandfather Frost"), a Russian substitute of Santa Claus
Father Winter – Albanian mythology
Itztlacoliuhqui, deified personification of winter-as-death in Aztecan mythology
Jack Frost
the Great Winter God (冬大神), of Ba Jia Jiang (The Eight Generals), originated from the Chinese folk beliefs and myths
Morozko, from a Russian fairy tale, translated as Father Frost
Old Man Winter, personification of winter.
Skaði (sometimes anglicized as Skadi, Skade, or Skathi) is a jötunn and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains in Norse mythology
Hine-Takurua Personification of the winter in Māori mythology and one Tamanuiterā, the sun god's two wives
Three Friends of Winter in Chinese art, the plum, bamboo and pine.
Shakok the god of winter the North Mountain in Native American mythology

Staffordshire figure of Spring, from a set of the Four


Spring Seasons, Neale & Co, c. 1780, 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Ēostre or Ostara, the goddess of spring


Many fertility deities are also associated with spring
In Roman mythology, Flora was a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers[1] and of the season of spring[2]
Ver, the Roman personification of spring.
Jarylo (Cyrillic: Ярило or Ярила; Polish: Jaryło; Croatian: Jura or Juraj; Serbian: Jarilo; Slavic: Jarovit), alternatively Yarylo, Iarilo, or Gerovit, is a Slavic god of vegetation, fertility and springtime.[3]
The ancient Greek goddess Persephone represents spring growth.
Eiar, a hora of spring, classic ancient Greece.
the great Spring God (春大神), of Ba Jia Jiang (The Eight Generals), originated from the Chinese folk beliefs and myths
Morityema the god of spring & the West Mountain in Native American mythology.

Summer
Áine, Irish goddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty, associated with the sun and midsummer
Theros, a hora of summer, classic ancient Greece
Aestas, the Roman personification of summer.
Damia, a hora of summer, early ancient Greece
the Great Summer God (夏大神), of Ba Jia Jiang (The Eight Generals), originated from the Chinese folk beliefs and myths
Freyr, Norse god of summer, sunlight, life and rain
Hine-Raumati, Personification of the summer from Māori mythology
Miochin the god of summer & the South Mountain in Native American Mythology

Autumn
Pthinoporon, from Greek phthinophôron, a hora of autumn, classic ancient Greece
Autumnus, the Roman personification of autumn.
the Great Autumn God (秋大神), of Ba Jia Jiang (The Eight Generals), originated from the Chinese folk beliefs and myths
Shruisthia the god of autumn & the East Mountain in Native American Mythology

Anemoi
In ancient Greek my thology Anemoi were the gods of wind, three of which were associated with seasons:

Boreas (Septentrio in Latin) was the north wind and bringer of cold winter air
Zephyrus or Zephyr (Favonius in Latin) was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes
Notos (Auster in Latin) was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn
Eurus (Eurus in Latin) was the East Wind & bringer of warmth & rain

References
1. H. Nettleship ed., A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1891) p. 238
2. "Flora" (http://mythindex.com/roman-mythology/F/Flora.html). Myth Index.
3. source of Jarilio name in IAU Nomenclature (http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/2805;jsessionid=1791FDC950EA63F0F2802FBA864BFC30)

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