Aruna (Hittite mythology)

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Parent(s) Kamrusepa

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. It is highly possible that it has the same origin as the name of the Vedic god Varuna. It could also be a reconstruction of the Indo-European mori or Greek words for Black Sea, μόρυχος. A Hattic origin through the place name Arianna has also been suggested. A connection with Indo-European er-, or- (‘stir, move’), and thus the Hittite name is believed to have a same 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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