In Roman mythology, Dea Tacita ("The Silent Goddess") was a chthonic Goddess of the Dead. In later times, she was equated with the Earth Goddess Larunda. In this guise, Dea Tacita was worshipped at a festival called Larentalia on December 23. Goddesses Mutae Tacitae (silent death spirits) were invoked to destroy a hated person. These Silent Goddesses are the personification of terror of obscurity.