Atete is a fertility goddess worshipped at Kafa (Ethiopia). She was assimilated into the Christian cult of the Virgin Mary, but is probably the subject of an ancient fertility rite performed by women who collect various sacred plants and throw them into the river. The festival is known as Astar yo Mariam (Ephiphany of Mary).[1]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Gods, Michael Jordan, Kyle Cathie Limited, 2002