1. USHAS: Ancient India, 1700 BCE. Ushas is a Vedic goddess of the dawn, and daughter of Dyaus Pita, (the Sky Father). She reveals herself with the daily coming of light which drives away the darkness of night (personified by her sister, Ratri).

  1. EOS: ANCIENT GREECE, 750 BCE. Eos is a Titaness of the dawn, who rose each morning from the edge of Oceanus. It is her duty to open the gates of heaven so that the Sun can rise. She is incredibly beautiful, wearing saffron-coloured robes embroidered with flowers.

  1. AME-NO-UZUME: JAPAN, 300 BCE. Ame-no-Uzume is the goddess of dawn, linked to joy, meditation and the arts. She is regarded as one of the most sensual, aggressive, and crafty of the Shinto pantheon.

  1. BIXIA: China, 200 CE. Bixia is a dawn goddess who resides over fertility, childbirth and destiny. She is responsible for the glow of dawn in the morning, hence her name “Majesty of the Blue Dawn”. She is also known as the “Heavenly Immortal Lady”, or “Holy Mother of the Nine Skies”.

  1. MARĪCĪ: TIBETAN (Tibet), 100 CE. Marīcī is the Goddess of the Dawn, who rides a white horse through the sky with the sun in her hand, helping to dispel the night. Many people prayed to her for emotional well-being, spiritual aspiration, or the removal of obstacles.

  1. ĒOSTRE: West Germany, 725 CE. Ēostre is a dawn goddess, whose namesake means Easter in some languages. She represents the rising glow of dawn in the morning, and the returning light of Spring, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing.

  1. ZORYA UTRENNYAYA: EASTERN EUROPE, 1000 CE. Utrennyaya is the goddess of the Morning, known as “the Red Dawn Maiden”. She is the patron of horses and exorcisms, and is represented by the morning star (Venus). Slavs would pray to her each morning as the sun rose, asking for her protection.

  1. BRIGID: Ireland, 1100 CE. Brigid, (the Exalted One) is a dawn goddess who resides over life, fertility and poetry. She is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann and wife of Bres (the valorous). Her name refers to the rising sun at dawn and is linked to fire.

  1. HINE-TITAMA: NEW ZEALAND, 1350 CE. Hine-titama was originally the Goddess of the Dawn. She lived in the heavens with her husband Tane (forest god), where the two lived in harmony. However, a little bird told her that Tane was also her father! Hine-Titama was so horrified that she ran away to live the Underworld.

  1. DOYADASTETHE: N.W. AMERICA, 1450 CE. Doyadastethe is the goddess of the dawn and daughter of Hawenneyu (sky god). She is regarded by her sibling gods as willful, spoiled and resentful. The other gods have learned to tolerate her impetuous ways and often try to accommodate her difficult nature whenever possible.

  1. LIWAYWAY: PLACE, 1500 CE. Liwayway is the goddess of dawn. She has a very shy persona, but despite her bashfulness, she happily presents herself each morning, heralding in the sun. Her totem animal is the rooster, which she uses to rouse the people of earth from their slumber.

  1. AUŠRINĖ: LITHUANIA, 1580 CE. Aušrinė is the goddess of the dawn and the morning star, who resides over youth, beauty, happiness and light. She is the antipode of the dusk goddess Vakarine (the evening Star). Their mother is (in most cases) the sun goddess Saule, who was married to the moon god Meness.

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