LARUNDA

Or Lara, a daughter of Almon, was a nymph who denounced to Juno that there was some connexion between Jupiter and Juturna; hence her name is connected with lalein. Jupiter punished her by depriving her of her tongue, and condemning her to be conducted into the lower world by Mercury ; but on the way thither Mercury fell in love with her, and afterwards she gave birth to two Lares. (Ov. Fast. ii. 599, &c.; Auson. Monosyll. de Diis, 9.) Hartung (Die Relig. der Röm. ii. p. 204) infers from Lactantius (i. 20) that Larunda is identical with Muta and Tacita.