Io

Greek - A river-nymph, a priestess of Hera. Daughter of Inachus and Melia. Mother of Epaphus by Zeus. In some accounts, she was the daughter of Iasus. Zeus fell in love with Io and when Hera caught him with her he changed Io into a cow denying that he had touched any woman. Hera begged to be given the cow which she then put in the charge of the 100-eyed Argus. Hermes lulled the guardian to sleep with music and Zeus killed him and released Io. Hera sent a gadfly to torment Io which pursued her in her wanderings during which she came upon Prometheus chained to a rock but could not help him. After travelling through many lands, still in the form of a cow, she settled in Egypt where she was returned to human form by Zeus and bore his son Epaphus though married to Telegonus. She became assimilated into the goddess Isis and Epaphus to the bullgod, Hapy. In some references, known as Io, Isis, Isis, Aset, Ast, Aust, Eset, Esu, Lady of the Beginning, Lady of the Emerald, Lady of the Turquoise, Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, sacred birds, Star of the Sea, Unt, Watch Merti, As(e)t, Eenohebis, Great Mother, Lady of Turquoise, Hes(a)t, Iahu, Mother of God, Sakhmet, Thousand Named, Urethekau, Werethekau, Greek Athena, Demeter, Isia, Stella Maris, Manat, Mut or Ziza.
New Zealand - A creator-god of the Maori. Referred to as Io, Isis, Isis, Aset, Ast, Aust, Eset, Esu, Lady of the Beginning, Lady of the Emerald, Lady of the Turquoise, Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, sacred birds, Star of the Sea, Unt, Watch Merti, As(e)t, Eenohebis, Great Mother, Lady of Turquoise, Hes(a)t, Iahu, Mother of God, Sakhmet, Thousand Named, Urethekau, Werethekau, Greek Athena, Demeter, Isia, Stella Maris, Manat, Mut or Ziza.

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