Soranus – Lord of Death
Soranus, an ancient deity worshipped in Italy before the arrival of the Romans, was venerated by the Etruscans, Sabines, and Falisci as well as other local tribes and nations. Relatively little is now known about him. The centre of his veneration was Mount Soracte, near Rome. The mountain ridge is allegedly named in his honour. Soranus was an Underworld deity, associated with Death. His priests were known as the Hirpi Sorani or “Wolves of Soranus.” His rites included fire-walking over live coals. After the Romans defeated those who worshipped him, Soranus was identified with Apollo, who took over his shrine under the guise of Apollo Soranus, although Soranus’ female partner, Ferronia, was incorporated into the Roman pantheon on her own.
- Roman Mythology
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