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Dzerassæ (Template:Lang-os) is a figure in Ossetian mythology best known as the daughter of the water deity Donbettyr[1] and the mother of several Nart saga heroes.[2] She was the wife of Aexsaertaeg.[2] With him, she was the mother of the twin heroes Uryzmaeg and Xaemyts.[2] She was also the mother of Syrdon (ru), with Gaetaeg (ru).[3][4] After her death, the archangel Uastyrdji revived her and they became lovers in her tomb. Her daughter, the Nart Satanaya, was born thereafter.[5]

She was usually depicted with golden hair, and was able to change her shape into a deer or a fish.[6] Anthropologist Kevin Tuite has noted that this makes her similar to the Svan goddess Dali, who was also golden-haired and could change into animals.[6]

The Dzerassa Planitia on Venus is named for Dzerassae.[7]


  1. Paris, Catherine (1992) (in fr). Caucasologie Et Mythologie Comparée: Actes Du Colloque International Du CNRS, IVe Colloque de Caucasologie, Sèvres, 27-29 Juin 1988. Peeters Publishers. ISBN 9782877230421. https://books.google.ca/books?id=nzblW0pwEOUC&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=Dzerassae&source=bl&ots=APLjwWoNF_&sig=ACfU3U33vJbXJK0lbxYfJkOMLKDxbOwKvg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjb0cjwicngAhWL11kKHVE7AzkQ6AEwAnoECAEQAQ#v=onepage&q=Dzerassae&f=false. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Petrosyan, Armen (2002) (in en). The Indo-european and ancient Near Eastern sources of the Armenian epic: myth and history. Institute for the Study of Man. https://books.google.ca/books?id=zxVmAAAAMAAJ&q=Dzerassae&dq=Dzerassae&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY496Bns3dAhWEzIMKHetPDLkQ6AEIMTAB. 
  3. "Cie Izidoria Les Héros: La Légende des Nartes". http://www.izidoria.org/Imgs/Mails/Izidoria_Les_Heros_Sept08.pdf. 
  4. "Осетинская мифология". http://www.ossetia.ru/ir/culture/osetinskaya_mifologiya.html. 
  5. Juan-Galan, Santiago (in fr). Terra Barda - Tome 1: Les Indo-européens. Editions Publibook. pp. 261. ISBN 9782748373134. https://books.google.ca/books?id=CpcvkNNkioEC&pg=PA248&dq=dzerasse&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiWt8eF683dAhUPITQIHVu8BYkQ6AEIKzAA#v=onepage&q=dzerasse&f=false. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Tuite, Kevin (1998). "Achilles and the Caucasus". Journal of Indo-European Studies 26 (3): 27. http://www.mapageweb.umontreal.ca/tuitekj/publications/Tuite_Achilles.pdf. 
  7. "Dzerassa Planitia". International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. https://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Feature/1688. Retrieved 2018-09-21. 

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