Summer Solstice Goddess

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At first glance she may look like a Yuletide goddess, but Kupala, a Slavic deity, is associated with aspects of summer: herbs, love, and fertility. She is a deity of both fire and water. Bonfires and bathing in running water are part of summer solstice festivities celebrated in her name. True love and the granting of wishes are what her followers seek when they venerate her at the summer solstice. Kupala is also a goddess of magic. This paper doll is dressed in folk costume and carries a torch to light the bonfires that start the revelries to usher in summer. 

   

(This paper doll comes from the book “Goddesses” by Dover Publications.)

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