Arduinna is the goddess of the Ardennes, the once heavily forested region, primarily in Belgium and Luxembourg but also in France and Germany, that shares her name. Arduinna protects human hunters and wild boars, maintaining the sacred balance between them. The Ardennes was long a Pagan stronghold: in 565 CE, Saint Walfroy is documented preaching to people in the region, advising them to abandon Arduinna. The Romans identified her with Diana.
Arduinna rides naked through the woods on a huge boar. Alternatively she wears a short, belted tunic. She is very closely identified with her animal familiar: even when she manifests outside the forest, there may be some sort of porcine reference.
A huge statue of Arduinna-Diana was destroyed in 590 in Carignan, France, near the present sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Avioth.
Black Madonna of Avioth; Diana; Maria Lionza
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