Helernus, also known as Alernus, was an Archaic Roman deity. He was a minor god of the underworld, and god of the beans used during the Lemuria festival during May. His sacred grove (lucus) was near the mouth of the Tiber river. Sacrifices were made to him annually on the 1st of February by the Roman Pontiffs, in which a black ox was killed.[a] He had one daughter, named Carna, who was goddess of protecting the intestines of children from vampires.
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