Libitina is the Roman Goddess of Death, Corpses, and Funerals. Her temples were equipped with all the tools needed for funerals, and undertakers in Rome were called libitinarii. She was depicted as wearing dark robes and having wings, looking rather like a bird of prey. Her temples also maintained records of the dead.
Libitina was associated with Venus. The grove of Libitina was located on the Esquiline Hill celebrated its founding anniversary on August 19, the day of the Vinalia Rustica. A guild of funeral directors was based in the grove of Libitina.
As the roman goddess of death and corpses, her name was synonymous with death. Her temples where equipped with all the tools needed for a funeral, undertakers in Rome were called libitnari. Her temples also maintained records of the dead, with a offering of money, called lucar libitinae, which was left when death occurred.
She was depicted wearing dark robes and having wings looking like a bird of prey. Libitina may have been originally an earth goddess connected with nature and enjoyment of life. Her festival was called feralia (February 21st) a weeklong festival, honouring, communicating and appeasing spirits of the dead. She was also identified with Persephone or proserphina, a goddess of the underworld.
--~Attributes and Correspondences~--
Area of Influence:
Funerals, Death -
Pantheon: - Roman
Abode: - Sacred Grove
Animals: - Birds of Prey
Colours: - Green, brown, yellow, black
Crystal: - Garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, onyx
Direction: - North
Element: - Earth
Musical Instrument: -
Offerings: - Coins
Planet: - Saturn, Pluto, Venus
Plant/Tree: - Mugwort, patchouli, horehound, sage, henbane
Tarot Card: - Pentacles
Time: - August 19th