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Abeona is the Roman Goddess of Outward Journeys, who watches over a child's steps and protects travellers. She is likely an old Italic Goddess who was later considered an indigimentum of Juno, the Roman Goddess of Mothers, Women, and their Children. The term di indigetes generally refers to deities whose functions were very specific, and who were sometimes considered aspects of other deities. Often they preside over the ordinary matters of daily life.

Abeona's name comes from the Latin verb abeo, "to depart, go away, or go forth". She was believed to especially guard children as they took their first steps away from home to explore the world, an anxious time for parents, perhaps reflected in the fact that abeo carries the added meaning of "to die, disappear, or be changed". Abeona watched over any "first steps", whether literal or metaphoric. With Her associate Adiona, Abeona was believed to teach toddlers to walk. And when that child grew up and left home--whether due to marriage, college, or to make his or her way in the world--Abeona was there to ease the fears of the parents and guard their son or daughter.

Abeona is specifically a Goddess of Partings: She is usually mentioned with Adiona, who is in charge of returning the child home safely.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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