Aruna (Hittite mythology)

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Aruna is a sea god in Hittite mythology, a son of the healing and magic goddess Kamrusepa.[1] Aruna is also the Hittite word for "sea", and like Kamrusepa may also refer to the god of the sea.


Various origins of this name are proposed. A Hattic origin has been suggested. A connection with Indo-European *er-, *or- (‘stir, move’) is more plausible, and the Hittite name could have the same ultimate origin as Sanskrit arṇava.[2]


  1. ^ Miller, Molly (1971). The thalassocracies. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press. p. 163. ISBN 0-87395-062-3.
  2. ^ David Michael Weeks. (1985). Hittite Vocabulary: An Anatolian Appendix to Buck’s Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European Languages, PhD dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles. PDF


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