Little is known about the dream goddess Brizo from the Greek pantheon. Brizo is worshipped primarily by women. According to the Greek Myth Index, Brizo is a goddess of prophecy who originates from the Island of Delos. The same source suggests her name is associated with the word “brizein,” meaning, “to fall asleep.” Women put sacrifices in vessels shaped like boats. How the boats full of sacrificial items was delivered to Brizo is unknown. The only thing not sacrificed to Brizo is fish as it was considered an act that would attract bad luck; this goddess’ offerings consisted of a variety of items, all of which were offered in hopes for protection, prosperity, well-being, or abundance. Particularly, Brizo was honored so that she might protect mariners and their ships.
In “A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities: Mythology, Religion, Literature & Art,” Oskar Seyffert identifies Brizo as a goddess who presides over an oracle. She offers up answers in dreams to those who question the oracle. Questions typically related to sea navigation and fishery. In “The Greek Myths,” Robert Graves identifies Brizo as a lunar goddess who is analogous to the goddess Leto and the author suggests her name means “soother.” Graves also suggests that Brizo “might be identified with the Hyperborean Triple Goddess Brigit.” In “The New Cultural Atlas of the Greek World,” Tim Cooke supports Robert Grave’s assertion that there is a connection between Brizo and Leto, but he goes on to explain she was worshipped in Crete, and she is a birth goddess who, in her guise as Leto, is the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Cooke also asserts Brizo is known by the alternative name of Britomartis: Therein drawing a link between Brizo and Artemis. The connection between Brizo and Britomartis may be derived from the fact that Britomaritis is a protrectress of sailors and fisherman as well as sea harbors and navigation.
- Deity: The Greek goddess Brizo
- Analogous: Britomartis, Brigit and Leto
- Governs: seafaring vessels, navigation, mariners, the moon, dream, sleep and birth