In Roman religion, Viduus (“he who divides”) was a minor god, deputed to separate (in Latin viduare) the soul from the body after death.
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He is mentioned by St. Cyprian in De vanitate idolorum, which specifies that no altars were erected to Viduus within the city of Rome:
«In tantum vero Deorum vocabula apud Romanos figuntur ut sit et apid illos viduus Deus,
qui anima corpus viduet, qui quasi feralis et funebris intra muros non habetur, sed foris, collocatur.»
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