Veritas lore: The truth about the Goddess of Truth

"You Can't Handle The Truth" - Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
"You Can't Handle The Truth" - Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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In Supernatural Season 6, Episode 6, the Goddess of Truth was introduced. Here’s a look at the real mythology surrounding Veritas.

All SPN mythology comes from somewhere. That’s certainly the case for Veritas, the Goddess of Truth in Supernatural Season 6, Episode 6. While the show uses real mythology, it also adapts it to suit the needs of the episode and to deliver a twist.

There were certainly twists delivered on the real Roman mythology surrounding Veritas. Here’s a look at the character and the real stories to see those differences.

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The Supernatural mythology surrounding Veritas

In “You Can’t Handle the Truth,” Veritas posed as an investigative journalist, Ashley Frank, after being summoned by a young woman looking for answers. Very much like the crossroads demon in Season 2, Veritas chose to stick around after her job of revealing the truth.

Those who learned the truth eventually killed themselves or others. The truth was too much to bear for many. Those who were cursed would hear the truth from everyone, whether in person or over the phone.

Only those without a soul were immune to Veritas’ powers. And it seems some monsters and creatures would also be immune, likely due to the lack of soul.

Favoring cats, Veritas as an aversion to dogs. It’s a knife dipped in dog’s blood that causes the death of the Goddess of Truth.

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“You Can’t Handle The Truth” – Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2010 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Real Roman mythology about the Goddess of Truth

Veritas means “truth,” and is the name of the Goddess of Truth in Roman mythology. She’s the daughter of Virtue and Saturn, believed to have hidden at the bottom of a sacred well. However, there is also some lore that links her to Zeus and Prometheus. It’s not surprising to hear that “Veritas” is the name given to truthfulness, the Roman virtue.

There is a Goddess of Truth in Greek mythology. However, her name is Aletheia.

Sometimes, Veritas appears in virgin white and sometimes nude to note the “naked truth.”

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