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- water-fleas -- sacred to Daphoine.
- Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long, slender body, a long tail, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter. The observations that when disturbed the mother will carry her young to a safer place in her mouth, like cats, gave rise to the legend that
they give birth through the mouth.
- weasel: Thessalian -- Thessalian witches are said to disguise themselves as weasels.
- weasel (Greek): sacred to GALANTHIS (qv ALCMENE).
- cobweb (Greek, Lydian); sacred to ARACHNE.
- fly caught in a web (Greek, Lydian); sacred to ARACHNE, symbol of humanities helplessness in the web of fate.
- minature well -- sacred to HEMAMBIKA qv AMBIKA. She is represented as a pair of hands emerging from a minature well.
- well, sacred -- sacred to Branwen.
- Ear of wheat -- sacred to ANNONA
- the xiurell, a wind-raising whistle -- sacred to Daeira.
- WHITE see also MAIZE, see also HORSE
- willow (Greek) -- sacred to Helice.
- all trees, but especially the willow -- sacred to Zarpanit.
- WINE see also VINE
- jug of wine -- sacred to SIDURI (qv AA).
- wine tempered with water -- sacred to AMPHICTYONIS. It was drunk at the meetings of the league; the tempering probably a precaution against bellicose disputes.
- WINNOWING BASKET see BASKET
- wool (Greek, Lydian); sacred to ARACHNE.
- WREN, see GOLD-CRESTED WREN
- wry-neck (Greek): sacred to APHRODITE as a love-charm, which APHRODITE invented.
- woodpecker's tongue (Greek) -- sacred to Dryope
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