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Terra Mater

[ter-uh mey-ter] /ˈtɛr ə ˈmeɪ tər/
noun, Roman Religion
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ancient Roman earth goddess. Probably of great antiquity, she was concerned with the productivity of the earth and was later identified with the mother-goddess Cybele. Her temple on the Esquiline Hill dated from about 268 BC. Though she had no special priest, she was honoured in the Fordicidia and Sementivae festivals, both of which centred on fertility and good crops. See also Great Mother of the Gods.

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