Janus, God of endings and beginnings.

Janus, God of endings and beginnings.

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Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

Winter (January) involved the god Janus, who looked backwards and forwards. This is the god behind New Year's celebrations.

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In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure.  Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

In the Roman pantheon, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings, limits, doors, gateways, and departure. Unlike the other Greco-Roman deities, Janus was not imported from Greece to Rome.

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Janus - In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus (Latin: Ianus) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus. Source: Wikipedia

Janus - In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus (Latin: Ianus) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus. Source: Wikipedia

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Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria. ca. (500 B.C.E. – 200 C.E.)

Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria. ca. (500 B.C.E. – 200 C.E.)

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Janus

Janus

Janus- Roman god of beginnings. Ganesh concept????/

Janus- Roman god of beginnings. Ganesh concept????/

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Head of Two-Faced Janus (2nd c. BCE); Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome

Head of Two-Faced Janus (2nd c. BCE); Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome

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The Hague, MMW, 10 A 11, detail of fol. 320r (‘Souls ascending to Janus and Terminus, who are holding the world; souls descending...

The Hague, MMW, 10 A 11, detail of fol. 320r (‘Souls ascending to Janus and Terminus, who are holding the world; souls descending...

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Hey, look! Its a statue of Janus!

Hey, look! Its a statue of Janus!

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