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Hannahanna

Mythic, worshipped by the Hittites of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey), circa 1800–1180 B.C.E.

Hannahanna (Hannahannas) was the mother of all the Hittite gods. Literally “grandmother,” she was associated with the Gulses, the goddesses of fate and destiny. The most famous legend about her concerns Telepinu, the agricultural god: when he disappeared, Hannahanna used a bee to find him, sting his hands and feet to purify him, and bring him back. Another myth tells of how she herself disappeared in a fit of anger, causing all the crops to die and parents to abandon their children until, her anger absorbed by the dark side of the Earth, she returned.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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