Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Maia, the Roman goddess for whom the month of May is named
The month of May was named for her; the first and fifteenth of May were sacred to her.
Maia was associated with Vulcan, and on the first of May the flamen of that god sacrificed to her a pregnant sow, an appropriate sacrifice also for an earth goddess such as Bona Dea: a sow-shaped wafer might be substituted. The goddess was accessible only to women; men were excluded from her precincts.