NANA was a Naiad-nymph of the river Saggarios (Sangarius) in Phrygia (central Anatolia). She was accidentally impregnated by an almond which fell into her lap from a tree grown from the castrated genitals of the hermaphroditic deity Agdistis.
Nana was probably an indigenous Phrygian goddess.
SAGGARIOS (Pausanias 7.17.8)
ATTIS (Nana impregnated by an almond from the tree sprung from the severed genitals of Agdistis) (Pausanias 7.17.8)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Pausanias, Description of Greece 7. 17. 8 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"The gods, fearing [the hermaphroditic deity] Agdistis, cut off the male organ. There grew up from it an almond-tree with its fruit ripe, and a daughter of the river Saggarios (Sangarius), they say, took the fruit and laid it in her bosom, when it at once disappeared, but she was with child. A boy [Attis] was born, and exposed, but was tended by a he-goat."
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
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