Naming the Fishes

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dewi_sri_updated_by_armedius-d3153epBethari (pronounced be-TAH-ree)  is the Javanese form of Batari, which means “goddess” in Indonesian. Bethara is the masculine version meaning “god.” Though it shouldn’t be confused with Dewi, which is the actual word for “goddess.”

Due to the lack of information of this name I’ve decided to do a recap of a few Indonesian goddesses, because they reflect the culture and meaning of this name.

Dewi Sri is the Javanese, Sundanese and Balinese goddess of rice and fertility. Dewi Sri is believed to have dominion over the underworld and moon. Thus, she encompasses the whole spectrum of the Mother Goddess having dominion over birth and life; she controls rice, the staple food of Indonesians.

Empung Luminuut is a popular goddess on the island of Sulawesi. She is the first deity, born from a rock and impregnated by the western wind. She gave birth to the sun-god Toar. With her son they became the primordial pair of gods, and gods and humankind are their descendants.

Ba Ngu is the Indonesian Goddess of dolphins. Also called Lady Dolphin, she rescues shipwrecked sailors. The Indonesians are very respectful of Ba Ngu, and treat all dolphins as they would treat the Goddess herself. Whenever a dolphin is found dead at sea or on the shore, a burial ceremony is held to honor Ba Ngu.

Overall Bethari is a lovely, Indonesian name. And if you are looking for an alternative to Bethany and Elizabeth, this might work.


3 comments on “Bethari

  1. C.B. Wentworth
    April 2, 2013

    Very interesting! :-)

  2. Simply Infatuated
    April 3, 2013

    I love learning the meanings behind names! I’m so glad I found you through the A to Z Challenge and I will definitely be back to visit.

  3. namingthefishes
    April 11, 2013

    Thanks guys!

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