Thursday, April 24, 2014

An Old Babylonian Hymn to Ishtar

O heroic one Ishtar, the immaculate one of the goddesses,
Torch of Heaven and Earth, radiance of the continents,
O lshtar, you are Anu [the supreme god] you rule the Heavens;
You alter the fates and an ill event becomes good,
At your right is justice, at your left goodness,
Fixed on your head are audience, favour, peace,
Your sides are encompassed with life and well-being,
Let me proclaim your divinity, Let me achieve what I desire….
Lengthen my days, Let me live, let me be well.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Goddess Quote


It is essential to collectively struggle to recover our status as Daughters of the Earth. In that is our strength, and the security, not in the predator, but in the security of our Mother, for our future generations. In that we can insure our security as the Mothers of our Nations." 

Winona LaDuke

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bachue


Bachue is the great dragon goddess of the pre-Columbian people. Her name means 'She of the Large Breasts'. She rules over the springs, rivers, and other sources of water. She is also an agricultural divinity who watched over the fields and produce.

According to myth, in a time long ago, Bachue emerged,  from the sacred lake of Ignaque in the form of a beautiful woman.  She was attended by a boy of three years of age. Descending onto the plain, they resided there until the  boy grew up, and Bachue became his wife, and the mother of the human race.  When the earth was populated, they transformed themselves into serpents and, after ordering the people to follow the laws, they took the form of great serpents, and  disappeared into the waters of the lake, their original home.

The Chibchas venerated Bachue, and statues of gold and wood are still to be seen representing Her and the boy at various ages. Incense is burnt in Her honor.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bright Moon



Bright moon, that high in heaven art shining,
        All smiles, as if within thy bower to-night
    Thy own Endymion lay reclining,
        And thou wouldst wake him with a kiss of light!--
    By all the bliss thy beam discovers,
        By all those visions far too bright for day,
    Which dreaming bards and waking lovers
        Behold, this night, beneath thy lingering ray,--

    I pray thee, queen of that bright heaven,
        Quench not to-night thy love-lamp in the sea,
    Till Anthe, in this bower, hath given
        Beneath thy beam, her long-vowed kiss to me.
    Guide hither, guide her steps benighted,
        Ere thou, sweet moon, thy bashful crescent hide;
    Let Love but in this bower be lighted,
        Then shroud in darkness all the world beside.

Thomas Moore 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Goddess Quote



After much diligent research, aided by other women, I gradually came to understand that beneath the familiar Goddesses of the patriarchy, there is a much more ancient Goddess.

Carol P. Christ

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dewi Ratih



Dewi Ratih is the Balinese Goddess of the moon. She is also the goddess of love who assists those who are too shy to declare their love.  It is believed that when the moon rises above the mountain, Dewi Ratih, comes down into the mortal world and shares the life of the village people. Legend holds that it is She who brought the women cotton and weaving tools and showed them how to use them. Then, after She completes Her task, She   steps into a boat and flies back to the Moon.

According to an old Balinese myth which  explains lunar eclipses,  the demon Kala Rauh had stolen and drank some of the elixir of immortality which was said to bring about eternal life. Dewi Ratih reported this to the great God Wisnu, who tossed a magic disk at the demon and cut off his head. But, since Kala Rau had swallowed a wee bit of the elixir, his head was immortal but the rest of his body died. In an effort to exact revenge, he endlessly chases Dewi Ratih across the sky. Occasionally he catches and swallows Her, causing a lunar eclipse, but because he is just a head with no body he cannot hold her for long. This is how they account for lunar eclipses.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Pawnee Tribal Hymn

Edward_Burne-Jones

Behold! Our Mother Earth is lying here.
Behold! She gives of her fruitfulness.
Truly her power she gives us.
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lies here.
Behold on Mother Earth the growing fields!
Behind the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly her power she gives us.
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lies here.
Behold on Mother Earth the spreading trees!
Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly, her power she giveth to us,
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here!
Behold on Mother Earth the running streams!
Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!
Truly, her power she giveth to us,
Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here!

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