"The to ancient Greeks and Romans the goddess Hekate stood between life and death at the entrance to the underworld. Her approach was said to be signalled by howling dogs. An ambiguous being, she was invoked for guidance at times of transition and during magical rituals. Since the 1800s Hekate's relevance has been revived and her spiritual importance has been incorporated into religions such as Wicca and Modern Paganism."
It goes on to explain that her triple form indicates that, as a goddess of transition, she faces different paths and holds torches to light the way - although they've been lost from this statue. There's more about the history of the goddess of the crossroads in the exhibition catalogue. For a personal insight into her worship I'd recommend the book Hekate: A Devotional by Vivienne Moss and for Modern Pagan ritual practice I'd recommend Hekate: Temple of the Bones - Rituals to the Goddess, by Jennifer Teixeira
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