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Tanit, also Tenit, a Phoenician and Pontic (Carthaginian) moon goddess, who was known largely from various inscriptions found along the North African coast and associated with the goddess Astarte. Her symbol is the triangular device with horizontal bars supporting a moon disc. Both deities are described as "ladies of the sanctuary." Tanit was the the supreme goddess of Carthage, known as the "face of Baal," until she was usurped by the Roman goddess Juno, and survived as the goddess Caelestis who also was worshipped in the Carthaginian temple. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 251