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Varuni, She-Who-Encompasses.
Alternate meaning: {She-Who-Obliterates}.
[to Whom the twenty-third day of November, day 327, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Hindustani: Vedic.
Linguistic Note: Her name may be derived from the root vr, 'to cover,' or 'to encompass'.
Description: Goddess of golden liquor, wine and intoxication. Perhaps earlier: Goddess of the waters or of night.
To Whom Sacred: wine (the term varunatmaja, Varuna's Daughter', is applied to intoxicating liquor).
Male Associates: Consort Varuna, He-Who-Encompasses.

Source: BGH.PM/116; FWSDMFL/1155; HDH/290, 324.
Madira, ----.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Linguistic Note: the meaning of Her name is probably connected with Sanskrit madhu, 'honey'. Related Sanskrit words seem to be Madyam, 'intoxicating liquor', used in worship of the Saktis, Divine-Energies, and Madugha, a plant yielding a honey-like substance used in making love spells and in nuptial ceremonies; it is chewed by debators to insure success, the same concept expressed in the English phrase: 'honey-tongued'.

Source: Stutley HDH169, 325.
Suradevi, Wine-Goddess.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Linguistic Note: If this translation is literal, Sanskrit sura would appear to mean 'wine'. And see Devi.
Description: Goddess of intoxication; Source of strength and energy; Vehicle of divine communion; She Who is a lordly [sic] power and the essence of food; She Who is the Quintessence of that Divine life which moves in the sap and juices of Earth.
To Whom Sacred: distilled molasses; distilled madhuka flowers; distilled rice (rice-brandy); {alcohol}.

Source: HDH/169, 290-1.
worked on: September, May 1995; August, July 1991.
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