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Goddess Artemis, the Protector of Animals
Artemis was the protector of young animals and had the gift of taming wild beasts. Her favorite animals were the stag and the wild boar.
Artemis spent most of her time in wild surroundings, such as meadows or forests, and hunted all kinds of prey; this is why she was often called "Potnia Theron" ("mistress of animals").
During her hunt, Artemis was often accompanied by young maidens who loved to sing and dance with the goddess. Sometimes Artemis also hunted together with mortals and competed with them.