Janus in the Celtic religion.

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Janus in the Celtic religion.

Postby Pietro Riccò on February 13th, 2013, 5:51 am

In Leichlingen, Germany close enough to Rhine river, has been found a stone two-faced head. Unfortunately on the web there isn't any picture or image. The source is a book of T.G.E. Powell about Iron Age Celts, which says that it is a Janus statue, even if the representation is tipically Rhenish style, unlike the Holzgerlingen's Janus, which is carved in a style similar to that of Roquepertuse, etruscan stylistic influence that went up to the Rhone. Meanwhile, I ask you: in your opinion, the Two-faced God was aready worshipped in the Celtic world, before Romans "translated" his name "JANUS"?

Sorry for my bad English.

Holzgerlingen's Janus: https://www.google.it/search?um=1&hl=it&newwindow=1&tbo=d&rlz=1C1CHFX_itIT495IT495&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=holzgerlingen+statue&oq=holzgerlingen+statue&gs_l=img.3...211.2252.0.2575.7.7.0.0.0.0.630.1228.4j2j5-1.7.0...0.0...1c.1.2.img.uiRsIaRP0fc#imgrc=YV1L5tQQBLz7FM%3A%3Bsz2LXTsImG2aBM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F3.bp.blogspot.com%252F__CjMqliGoMc%252FS1Bg7f4HiiI%252FAAAAAAAADPk%252FahP1JB3qXFQ%252Fs320%252FHolzgerlingen.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fandrogynousreligions.blogspot.com%252F2010%252F01%252Fhermes-of-roquepertuse-sketch-completed.html%3B293%3B320
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Re: Janus in the Celtic religion.

Postby Livio Asta on February 13th, 2013, 4:36 pm

Hi Pietro.

I consider the statues you mentioned as good evidences of a Celtic two-headed god, for two reasons:

1) Mediterranean influence can be seen in the style and in the idea of anthropomorphic representations of gods, but this does not necessarily means that the god himself is Etruscan, Greek or Roman.

2) Even if the god himself was of mediterranean origin, we must consider that mediterranean world started influencing Celts (on both sides of Alps) in a very early time, so it is difficult, and not useful, trying to make a distinction between what is "100% Celtic" and what is not. For example, Holzgerlingen's statue has a feature (mistletoe leaves) that we don't find in Roman Janus.

This cultural "mix" is even more evident in your area.
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Re: Janus in the Celtic religion.

Postby Francois R on February 14th, 2013, 4:19 pm

Pietro Riccò wrote:In Leichlingen, Germany close enough to Rhine river, has been found a stone two-faced head. Unfortunately on the web there isn't any picture or image.

This link may help you :
http://books.google.fr/books?id=Jw6gsWL ... CD0Q6AEwAg

The faces shown don't look Celtic (?).
Do you know from which period it is dated?
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Re: Janus in the Celtic religion.

Postby Pietro Riccò on March 6th, 2013, 11:45 am

It's dated IV century.
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