Bendis goddess, discovered in Gradistea Muscelului, dated after the 79th b. C.

The great Bendis goddess (Bhendis, Mendis, Mhendis) was the feminine divinity from north-Thracian pantheon which was managing people’s fortunes, like the Fates.

Goddess’ name is build with the indo-European root of bhend, theonym which minds “to relate” or “to bow”, whence it comes also the Anglo-Saxon word bind or the Germanic “binden”.

From this small but precious idea, we can easy deduce that one of the primordial goddess’ appellatives was “Fortune’s Goddess” or “Weaver Goddess”, “Fate’s Goddess”, “The Fate goddess”.

She, as the Fates, was managing people’s fortunes, the indo-Europeans being especially worshipers of the predestination belief.

It is very probably that, after the Dacia’s Roman conquest, Bendis was assimilated by Diana goddess (Artemis at the Greeks).

Bendis was also the goddess of the matrimonial connections, of the love and the amorous feeling, like the Scandinavian goddess Freyja, the Greek Aphrodite, the Etruscan Albina, the Assyrian- Babylonian Ishtar goddess, Sumerian’s Inanna, the “Dzydzilelyaa” of the old Polish, Albanian’s “Prende”, Slave’s “Shiva” or Roman’s Venus.

All the marriages was officiated in her name, under her divine blessing.

The goddess Bendis cult was taken also by Greeks, becoming a stately cult in Athens since the V century b. C. It was adored especially while the ceremonies called “Bendideia” when it was taking place two ethnical ceremonies: one formed by Traces and another by Athenians.

Bendis goddess’ temple, associated by the Athenians with Artemis, was called Bendideia and it was situated on the Munychia hill, situated in Athena’s part called Piraeus, hill that has approximately 86 m highest. Today it is called with the name of Kastella. Later, after the II century b. C. we can find another goddess’ temple on Hebru’s West part, in Balkans.

Her cult was attested also in the Asia Minor, more exactly in Bithynia, or even in the Ptolemaic Egypt.

On statues, Bendis goddess was represented wearing Thracian clothes and the Thracian cap (Phrygian, the Phrygians was from the Thracian race). Sometimes the goddess has a javelin in her left hand and a coup in the right hand. On some coins she appears either keeping two javelins and a dagger, or two torches or a torch and a Patera.

Bends has also other attributes as the hunting, but we were appearing also as a Moon’s goddess, like Hecate.

Bendis – bronze bust from the Piatra Roșie, showing the goddess with big breasts, that means that she represents the fertile and amorous character of the goddess

Bendis from Tanagra, location situated in Attica, in north Athens (terracotta figure, IV century b. C.)

Bendis goddess’ votive star, discovered at Piraeus (IV century b. C.)

By Kogaion