Ian Andreas Miller.  22 September 2001.

     This section shows the similarities between the goddess Nehalennia and Queen Nehellenia.  I created it to complement my article about Nehellenia’s name.

Queen Nehellenia
Goddess Nehalennia
- The Japanese write her name as Neherenia [1], which is unlike the Japanese spelling for nephrite ( nefuraito) [2] and the Japanese spelling for nepheline ( neferin) [3].*
- The Japanese write her name as Neherenia [4] or Neharenia [5].  Nehalennia seems to be the most common spelling of her name [6], but one source calls her Nehellenia [7].
- She is the queen of the world of the new moon, the Dead Moon [8].  There are three crescent moons in her hair ornament, and her hair, breastplate, sleeves, underskirt, and rear ribbon are pitch black [9].
- At least one source calls her “Nether Moon” [10].  Some say that she presided over healing, death, and rebirth [11].  She is often seen with a dog.  Dogs are thought to represent, among other things, death and life [12].  She might have been associated with the realm of the dead.  [13]
- In the BSSM manga, the Dead Moon controls a strange flying ship [14].
- She is often seen standing on the prow of a ship [15].
- The image of Nehellenia that is shown at the top of this page looks rather like the image of Nehalennia that is shown.  (The queen stands in her mirror and pulls her gown.)
- The image of Nehalennia that is shown at the top of this page looks rather like the image of Nehellenia that is shown.  (The goddess stands in her votive alter and pulls her gown.)
     * It seems strange that Naoko Takeuchi, the creator of the character, would take the Japanese spellings of the names of those minerals and alter one of them in such a way that she ends up with a spelling of the name of a goddess who has been called “Nether Moon” at least once.

     The image of the goddess Nehalennia on this page comes from the Nehalennia entry of the Goddesses section at the Anglo-Saxon site.

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