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Tanit: The Phoenician Goddess of Heaven and Protector of Carthage

The goddess of heaven, the sun, the moon and the stars; after her was named Barka Rosé wine. She was also a symbol of motherhood, generosity and femininity. Tanit the Phoenician goddess left Tyre with queen Elissa to Carthage, the greatest Phoenician colony in what is now Tunisia.

Tanit was the most revered goddess in Carthage so that the Berbers who lived on the latter’s borders also offered her worship. Tanit had her own symbols of the palm tree and the vine because their fruits hang down in clusters of fertility and abundance. Tanit is the patron goddess of Carthage and its protector according to the Phoenician mythology.