XIII: Weatherman this


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And trying to pay no heed to the priest’s shouts that if he went any further, the Serpent would be sure to get him, Gaim climbs on—at length breaking above timberline and arriving on a stormy promontory where the local priest loses no time getting down to business.

“Look, despite all the old-timers around here who keep babbling on and on to us about how this Great River flows down the Great Mountain and all—hardly to mention that they’re forever telling us that we should ‘keep both feet on the ground’, ‘stay down to earth’, ‘have enough sense to come in out of the rain’ and so forth,” the the priest sighs, “—it’s certainly plain enough to me that the river and all that it makes possible actually originates,” and here he helplessly points high overhead, “somewhere up there!”

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“And if anyone should doubt all that, the priest continues briskly, “why, all they have to do is look up in the sky following a rainstorm—where they’ll often see a rainbow, or this spectacularly visible bridge that in fact connects this, well, now ever so lowly place with the real, overhead Great Realm.

“For it’s down this very span,” he goes on to point out, “that the Divine One in her newly revealed, modern aspect as Our Lady of the Rain actually delivers her great treasure—quite as into some pot faithfully set up by all her waiting children down at this end.

“Whence people should regard it as a clear sign that even though she really lives Up There rather than Down anywhere,” he adds, “she continues to ‘be there’ in their lives—and most importantly, will continue to honor her covenant with them, or receive the worthy at death: when the deserving shall climb that same rainbow, personally escorted by her guise as the Serpent, and ultimately join her in the Great Beyond.”

And rejoin the Lord too, the priest quickly notes—unless he’s already returned to this world so that he might finally get everything straightened out, as some were beginning to rumor.

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And the priest allows as he himself knows of at least two things that need immediate straightening out.

“First of all,” he points out, “in the future, initiates into the Great Mother’s worship should be sprinkled with water, rather than immersed in it.

“And then, granted that people have long grown accustomed to associating the Lord with thunder and lightning, under the circumstances, they should now return this venue to the Great Mother and thereafter be satisfied just to associate him with the stars, moon and so forth.”

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However, at the very next promontory Gaim encounters a priest who points out that while the river is certainly created by rain, it’s the wind moving the rain-clouds about that actually initiate the whole fertilizing process.

And then he told him of this Great Bird that was as dark as the rain-clouds themselves, while her beating wings veritably made the wind, her flashing eyes the lightning, and her wild call the thunder as she periodically swooped down from her Mountaintop Nest on her mission of regeneration, delivered the rain wherever it was needed—and occasionally where it wasn’t—before finally returning to her Primordial Egg up there; from which everything had really hatched in the Beginning and continued to come forth even today!

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“Moreover, the Great Mother’s true sign up there,” the priest claims, “is the Great Cross that’s naturally formed of her body and wings as she passes overhead—not that silly rainbow, which simply reveals that the Serpent or Pretender is attempting to scale Paradise!

“And in fact,” he quickly adds, “you might note that those found worthy of that place are actually issued wings.

“Beware the divine whirlwind!” the priest cries as Gaim ultimately turns away from him to continue following the river. And the priest suddenly brandishes this cruciform statuette of a beaked, bosomy figure with outstretched wings seemingly reaching to embrace the whole world, save for an unhappy snake gripped in its talons.


Here are a hundred or so examples of female weather deities.

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  • Abeguwo: New Guinea rain deity
  • Acacila: Aymara rain, hail, frost deity
  • Aida Wedo: Benin water, rain, rainbow deity
  • Aide: Basque wind deity
  • Alohura: Polynesian lightning deity
  • Ame-No-Mi-Kumari-No-Kami: Shinto Japanese deity of water, lakes, rivers, rain
  • Anitun Tabu: Philippine rain, wind deity
1. Anitun Tabu
  • Aryong Jong: Korean water, rain deity
  • Ashkit: ancient Egyptian wind deity
  • Asiaq: Inuit rain deity
  • Atida: Ugandan rain deity
  • Atoja: aforementioned Peruvian mountain deity whose powerful cult appears to have simply absorbed the new rain-cult by claiming that Atoja herself brought the rain
  • Azer Ava: ancient Russian rain deity; oaths traditionally taken in her name
  • Bardaichila: Assamese storm deity
  • Bunbulama: aboriginal Australian rain deity
  • Bunzi: rain deity of Zaire
  • Chalchiuhtlcue: Aztec deity of water, pools, lakes, rivers, rain
2. Chalchiuhtlcue
  • Chibilias: Mayan rainbow deity
  • Chibirias: Mayan deity who sends the rain and then paints the sky with the rainbow
  • Chup: Chumash rain, wind deity
  • Cueravaperi: one of several ancient Mesoamerican rain deities
  • Dabaiba: Panamanian lightning, thunder deity and creator of the world
  • Dewi: ancient Canaan rain deity
  • Dian Mu: Chinese lightning deity
  • Doda: ancient Serbian rain deity
  • Dodola: Slavic rain deity
  • Dudumitsa: Bulgarian rain deity
  • Eschetewuaraha: Chamococo rain deity
  • Estsanatlehi: Apache/Navajo ‘Changing Woman’ who has power of endless rejuvenation, annually changing from Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter and back to Spring again; revered as the principal deity in the Navajo pantheon, she’s also believed to bring the seasonal rains
3. Estsanatlehi
  • Feng Po-po: Chinese wind deity
  • Fulgora: ancient Roman lighting deity
  • Gish: Afghan rain deity
  • Goga: Melanesian rain deity
  • Guabancex: Taino Caribbean rain deity
  • Guede l’Oraille: Haitian deity of violent storms
  • Hara Ke: Nigerian rain deity
  • Huixtocihuatl: Olmec deity of rain, fertility, agriculture
  • Inanupdikile: Panamanian rain deity
  • Inazuma: Japanese lightning deity
  • Ignirtoq: Inuit rain deity
  • Inazuma: Shinto Japanese lightning deity
  • Inkanyamba: Zulu South Africa rain deity
  • Iris: ancient Greek/Roman rainbow deity
4. Iris
  • Ix Cu: Mayan rain deity
  • Julunggul: aboriginal Australian deity of rain, rainbow
  • Kadlu: Inuit thunder deity
  • Kamikaze: Shinto Japanese wind deity
  • Kaminari: Shinto Japanese thunder deity
  • Khione: ancient Greek snow deity
  • Kweetoo: Inuit lightning deity
  • Lipse: ancient Greek wind deity
  • Lumo: Tibetan rain deity
  • Mama Cocha: Incan Sea-mother who also brings the wind, clouds, rain
5. Mama Cocha
  • Mari: Dravidian rain deity
  • Mariamman: Tamil rain deity
  • Matlalceuitl: Aztec rainfall
  • Mbaba Mwana Waresa: Bantu rain deity
  • Min Jok: Ugandan rain deity
  • Mujaji: South African rain deity
  • Nagadya: Ugandan rain deity
  • Nagawonyi: Ugandan rain deity
  • Nanvula: Bantu rain deity
  • Neoga: Iroquois wind deity
  • Ochumare: Santerian rain deity
  • Olla: Cuban rainbow deity
  • Oya: Yoruban deity of violent rainstorms, strong winds, lightning, thunder
6. Oya
  • Pdry: mist deity
  • Peperuna: Slavic thunder deity
  • Percunatele: Slavic thunder deity
  • Perkun Tete: Balkans lightning, thunder deity
  • Quabso: Tanzanian weather/rain deity
  • Quootis Hooi: Chinook deity who hatched from a Thunderbird egg
  • Rainha Barba: Brazilian deity of rain, lightning, thunder
  • Rauni: Finnish deity of clouds/thunder/rain/rainbow
  • Sadwes: Persian deity of lightning, thunder, rain, hail, snow
  • Saranyu: Hindu deity of gathering rain clouds
7. Saranyu
  • Schetewuarha: Brazilian rain deity
  • Shala: Canaanite rainstorm deity
  • Siris: ancient Babylonian deity of rain clouds
  • Surupa: early Hindu rain deity
  • Tasimmet: Hittite weather deity
  • Tate Hautse: Huichol fog, mist, water, rain deity
  • Tate Hautse Kupuri: Huichol deity specially responsible for rain from the north
  • Tate Kyewimoka: Huichol deity specially responsible for rain from the west; said to live in a cave at the bottom of a deep east-west gorge; believed to appear in lightning in the form of a snake red in color
  • Tate Naaliwahi: Huichol deity specially responsible for rain from the east; also said to live in a cave at the bottom of a deep east-west gorge and to appear in lightning in the form of a snake
  • Tate Rapawiyema: Huichol deity specially responsible for rain from the south
  • Tefnut: ancient Egyptian deity of dawn, moisture, dew, rain clouds
  • Tempestas: ancient Roman storm deity
8. Tempestas
  • T’ien Fei: Taoist Chinese rain deity
  • Tien Mu: lightning deity
  • Tomituka: South Pacific rain deity
  • Trmi Mu: Chinese lightning deity
  • Trukwinu Mana: Hopi rain deity
  • Tsetse: Zaire lightning deity
  • Tu-le’tar: Finnish wind deity
  • Veja Mate: Latvian wind deity
  • Wakwiyo: Tewa wind deity
  • Whaitiri: Maori thunder deity
9. Whaitiri
  • Xiu Wenyin: Taoist Chinese thunder deity
  • Yasht: Persian deity of water in all its forms

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Photo Credits

1: Gramho https://gramho.com/explore-hashtag/anituntabu

2: Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-americas/early-cultures/aztec-mexica/a/stone-kneeling-figure-of-chalchiuhtlicue

3: Journeying to the Goddess https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/tag/estsanatlehi/

4: Simple Wikipedia https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(goddess)

5: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330662797620472623/?nic_v1=1baTxl%2Fiw%2F1ThaQ1gqQ9ftqQy3wXgrZbg56%2FSgZEzW%2FDT8b%2F1IGsTV%2F9qKzPlf%2F3Tf

6: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/Abzs21cndv5Hvr31FQMmMTgjHQBhE-Kd2Jthqog1VHRJ86nY41gBoX4/

7: Deviant Art https://www.deviantart.com/imaklez/art/Saranyu-Goddess-of-Clouds-728094906

8: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/459437599467160588/?nic_v1=1beYUcVN5KIKz6wlmhTj0duWWb%2Fv8LpxvuXX9ZjWjSQB40gjCkIEZBBBbJD2Fjq8jN

9: Onomastics Outside the Box https://onomasticsoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/tag/whaitiri/

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