Talk:Albina (mythology)

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So, is this goddess real or not? I can find some possible mentions, but I've yet to see any that are what I'd call reliable sources. The link right now is not convincing, it's got nothing more than what's here right now, and I don't find the site exactly prestigious. FrozenPurpleCube 21:11, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


Well, she was real to someone at some point. Better reference material can be found in "Etruscan Roman Remains in Popular Tradition" by Charles Godfrey Leland (New York, C. Scribner's sons, and London, T. F. Unwin [1892]). It's available on the web here. [1] --Bacchicdance (talk) 02:10, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

Albina also gets a mention on pp 67-8 of Robert Graves' "The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth." The original text has been scanned and the relevant pages can be accessed at amazon.com. The pertinent information has been very nicely transcribed as part of a glossary/reader's companion on the web [2] and reads as follows:

Albina (f.) (British Isles) = "the White Goddess," from whence (according to Nennius) Britain gains its earliest name, Albion; = eldest of the fifty Danaids; = origin of German words elven, an elf-woman, alb, elf, and alpdrücken, the nightmare or incubus, and is connected with the Greek words alphos, "dull-white leprosy," alphiton, "pearl-barley," and Alphito, "the White Goddess," who in Classical times had degenerated into a nursery bugbear but seems to have originally been the Danaan Barley-goddess of Argos, Io (p 67)

Page 68 theorizes about the Ceridwen connection. --Bacchicdance (talk) 02:53, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

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