Goddess Opis  

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"OPIS" IS THE ROMAN GODDESS OF FERTILITY. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF THE FERTILE EARTH. THE VOWS OFFERED TO THIS GODDESS WERE MADE SITTING ON THE GROUND, TO SHOW THAT SHE WAS" EARTH," THE MOTHER OF ALL THINGS. SHE IS A GODDESS BOTH OF SOWING (SEED GROWTH) AND OF REAPING (THE HARVEST). "SATURN "AND "OPIS "WERE HUSBAND AND WIFE, AND TO THEM WE OWE THE INTRODUCTION OF CORN AND FRUITS. HER NAME MEANS WEALTH AND DERIVES FROM THE SAME SOURCE AS OPULENCE. "OPIS" IS ASSOCIATED WITH PEACE, PLENTY, AND AN ABUNDANT HARVEST.

A FESTIVAL IN HER HONOR WAS HELD ON AUGUST 25TH, AND ONLY PRIESTS AND VESTAL VIRGINS WERE ALLOWED TO APPROACH HER ALTAR. A FORMAL SACRIFICE WAS MADE TO THEM AT AN UNDERGROUND ALTAR IN THE "CIRCUS MAXIMUS," WHERE GRAIN WAS STORED (AS USUAL IN CELLARS), WHENCE THE SHE BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH UNDERGROUND POWERS.

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