Daduchos or Daduchus, or Dadouchos (/dəˈdjuːkəs/; Ancient Greek: δᾳδοῦχος “torch-bearer”, from δᾶις+ἔχω) is an epithet of Artemis, and notably of Demeter seeking her lost daughter (Persephone) with a torch. It was also an epithet of Hekate, a goddess frequently associated with torches. This title was given in the Rhodes Island in Greece. It was also the title of the second priest (ranking after the Hierophant) at the Eleusinian Mysteries, an office inherited in several families of Athens.
Artemis Dadophoros (torch-bearer) – Hecate
Chthonic characteristics were incorporated in the worship of Brauronia Artemis, which indicate her relationship to the chthonic goddess Hecate, with whom Artemis is usually confused or equated.
The chthonic character is denoted by the torch- also a symbol for Persephone- used by the goddess for night hunting (see here) or killing her veneries. The alight torch also symbolizes the purifying fire as well as the light that wards off darkness. Light- bearer (Phosphoros), or Fire-bearer (Pyrforos) are epithets that characterize the goddess of light who purifies and punishes.
The torch has also been interpreted as one of Artemis’ symbols with the quality of the protector of labour- a function also kept by Hecate.
Diana Lucifera, a title or aspect of the Roman goddess Diana