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mother goddess

Syllabification: moth·er god·dess

Definition of mother goddess in English:

noun

A mother-figure deity, a central figure of many early nature cults in which maintenance of fertility was of prime religious importance. Examples of such goddesses include Isis, Astarte, Cybele, and Demeter. Also called Great Mother.
Example sentences
  • What she found amazing in their culture was the cult of the mother goddess as the pillar of the family.
  • The festival is dedicated to Durga, the mother goddess who also represents power.
  • The Ganges is worshiped as a mother goddess, Gangadevi, and her celestial water is believed to possess supernatural power.

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