Patron Goddesses for Writers

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Saraswati seems to be the most well known. A Hindu/Vedic/Buddhist deity of knowledge, learning and the arts, she is often regarded as a patron goddess of both literature and scholars.

I came across an interesting fact while researching her – traditionally, Hindus believe that books and texts are sacred to Saraswati, and to place one on the ground and/or touch one with your foot is considered blasphemous. If this is done accidentally, the book is then touched by the forehead (the site of knowledge) to counteract the offence. I just love the idea of books being seen as sacred – like most book lovers, I’m incredibly passionate about mine!

Another ancient goddess of writing, who I personally haven’t come across before, is the Egyptian Seshat. Part of the older pantheon of Egyptian deities, she was later co-opted by god of learning Thoth – and demoted to being his daughter – but she was originally credited with the invention of the written world and was also the patroness of libraries and historical records. Her name means ‘she who scribes’.

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Although my research didn’t uncover any goddesses specifically for romance writing, I did find the Greek Muses, one of whom, Erato, is the muse of love poetry.

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