Dea

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Dea is the Latin for "goddess", see Roman pantheon. Specific goddesses referred to as "Dea" in Roman antiquity:

  • Bona Dea, a (mostly) exclusively women's goddess introduced from Magna Graeca
  • Dea Dia, goddess of growth in Roman mythology
  • Dea Matrona, or "Divine mother goddess", goddess of the river Marne in Gaul
  • Dea Sequana, goddess of the river Seine in Gallo-Roman religion
  • Dea Syria, or Atargatis, "Goddess of Syria"
  • Dea Tacita, or "Silent goddess", goddess of the dead in Roman mythology

Dea may also refer to a given name – mostly as short form of various feminine names, such as Dorothea or Andrea:

  • Dea is also the given name of the heroine in The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo. She is a blind girl who is in love with the novel's protagonist, Gwynplaine, a disfigured clown. As her name suggests, Dea represents the Divine Feminine within the world of the book, and especially to Gwynplaine--"You are the soul, I am the heart," he often tells her.

Dea is an English surname:

  • Billy Dea (b. 1933), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Matt Dea (b. 1991), Australian football player
  • Jean-Sébastien Dea (b. 1994), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Marie Déa, pseudonym of French actress Odette Alice Marie Deupès (1912–1992)

Dea is also the title of an album

Dea is the name used for dialects of two Papua New Guinea languages:

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