An interesting detail from a 14th century fresco in Varese,|
a city located in Lombardy, northern Italy. It shows a crowned
Erodiade (Herodiade), "as white as the moon," who is supposed
to be the biblical wife of the Tetrarch of Galilee, Herod There
are speculations--and allegedly tradition--among some Neo-Pagans
and some Italian practitioners that the folklore surrounding
Aradia is tied into legends of Erodiade who flew with the Roman
Goddess Diana in the Night Flight, sometimes called by
folklorists as "the Witch-ride."
Charles Godfrey Leland in Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling,
In reference to the name Herodias...it was a great puzzleLeland specifically stated that Erodiade Regina (Herodiade/Herodias)
presided over the witch-dance during the night assembly.
Even more interestingly, these speculations are often tied--among
Daughter of Herodias
Dance of Herodias's Daughter
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