In Roman mythology, Diana (lt. "celestial" or "divine") was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth, being related to wild creatures and woodland, and having the power to speak with and control animals. Though she had an independent source in Italy she was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman faith and is revered in Stregheria and Roman Neopaganism. A mostly feminist type of the practice, Dianic Wicca, is named for her. Diana was regarded as the virgin goddess of girls and childbirth. She was among the three maiden goddesses, Minerva, Diana and Vesta, who vowed never to wed. Oak groves were particularly sacred to her. Based on mythology (in common with the Greek faith and their deity Artemis), Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the isle of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god up.
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