(500) Selinur

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Discovered 1903 Jan. 16 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named after a character in the novel Auch Einer (1879) by the German writer Friedrich Theodor Vischer (1807–1887). Selinur represents a Celtic Moon goddess whose symbol is the half moon. She is opposed by the evil spirit “Grippo” who is responsible for having inflicted the “Grippe” (influenza) on the villager’s male population. In order to ban evil Grippo and his helpers the villagers stage all kinds of coughing contests, coughing worships, coughing procedures, etc. (H 54; R. Bremer)

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