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Origin of the name ANAITIS.
Etymology of the name ANAITIS.
Meaning of the baby name ANAITIS.


ANAÏTIS (Ἀναίτις).  Greek form of Persian Anahita (q.v.), meaning "pure, spotless, taintless."  It also has the Armenian form Anahid (q.v.).

Anahid or Anaïtis was a Persian goddess, chiefly worshipped in Armenia... She is often alluded to in the Avesta as Anāhita, pure, spotless, e.g. in the Aban Yasht v.4, ardivī çūra Anāhita, "the welling mighty Taintless" goddess. (The Life and Times of S. Gregory the Illuminator, &c., Malan, 1868)

    Anaitis, a Semitic goddess of a warlike character, somewhat approaching the Bellona of classic mythology.  She was represented as a naked woman standing on a lion, and sometimes on a crocodile, holding a spear or bow, and wearing a peculiar crown formed of tall feathers.  Her worship was introduced into Egypt probably about the time of Rameses II. after his Syrian victories, one of his daughters, Bentanath, being named after the goddess.
    Anaitis, a feminine form of the great deity Mithra, as introduced into the Median religion when corrupted from Zoroastrianism.  She was in some respects analogous to the Mylitta of the Babylonians, which see. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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