Ianuaria, a Celtic/Gaulish Goddess. The information about her is extremely limited but intriguing. At a healing shrine in Beire-le-Chatal, France, she was pictured as a young girl with curly hair, wearing a pleated coat and playing the panpipes. The site also had images of Apollo, bulls and doves. No one knows if she was associated with music, healing or birds and bulls outside of this site or not. Her name is related to Janus the Roman God of beginnings, doorways, gates, the new year and January. Jana (or Iana) Luna, a moon Goddess, is Janus’s consort and the only other female version of the name Janus (as far as I know).
Music goes back to our beginnings as various finds of 40,000
year old flutes show. Music and healing are often paired and music was
sometimes used as a form of healing. Many of the Gaulish deities mixed and
matched roles, attributes and even names with other cultures. The ancient Celts
traveled so far they couldn’t help but run into other Gods and see similarities
to their own. Meanwhile, the Romans were quite prone to creating Roman names
for local deities and pairing them up with a Roman God, just to make everything
seem Roman to them. All this makes it quite likely that there was a local deity
connected to healing or music or both who was simply renamed.
Ianuaria’s roots are long gone but close your eyes and
listen for the sound of flute music drifting over the hills on a chilly day and
you just might catch glimpse of where she went.
Adkins, Lesley and Roy A. Adkins. Dictionary of Roman Religion.
Theoi, Roman Myth Index: http://www.mythindex.com/roman-mythology/J/Janus.html
June 21, 2015
Posted by Gwyneth Whistlewood the Feral Flute
Labels: Musical Mythology
I record and play music in the woods and timber. My music can be found at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and other music sites. I've been playing flute for most of my life and I teach flute and music history. I try to create music that connects with the world around me, with myths and herb gardens, with old tunes and newly created melodies. Music is magic and the spark that makes each day roll easily on its way.