IX: Her divine sister


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Scene 22

Nonetheless, in time the herds all but disappear from the valley; and soon thereafter, things begin falling apart!

Because despite all his cave-painting—and many frantic supplications to the Virgin—it isn’t long before people find themselves getting up every morning wondering whether there might even be enough meat left in the area to sustain them for the next few days!

* * *

And so one morning, some of their younger, more adventurous offspring simply depart the area and go off in search of some new herd.

And subsequently arriving at what appears to be the very edge of the world, they find the ground gradually giving way to a seemingly endless reach of violent, terrible tasting water—from which they’d have immediately retreated had they not also happened to notice the area teeming with crustaceans, mollusks, birds, eggs, fish and so forth, on which they might easily sustain themselves.

While after all—this one young man takes note as he gazes with mounting excitement upon this extraordinary scene—it isn’t as though there’s no other, drinkable water about!

And so now there arises this new priest—who simply points to the in-rolling sea and soon persuades all but the Earth-mother’s most obstinate worshippers that the Great Mother has placed the Earth-mother’s divine sister the Sea-mother in charge of things thereabouts, and so those who expect her to care for them should promptly heave to!

Scene 23

And allowing that this new understanding too has been inspired by the Lord, he consecrates his new followers to the Sea-mother by personally immersing them in the surf and then assembling them around a fire on the beach—where he proceeds to teach them his own, modern way.

First of all, not being much of a carver himself, he simply commissions a more talented one to provide them with a suitable representation of the Sea-mother according to his direction: she’s to be portrayed, be instructs this new aide, as an attractive young woman with the lower torso of a fish—while of course, her breasts should be ample and invitingly exposed.

She dwelled, he informs everyone else as the other sets to work, on some sacred Isle out beyond the horizon. And it was perpetually concealed by a mist, lest some strong swimmer manage to find it and all that, but its ultimate guardian was this big shark.

Everything issued from there and was transported to the land by the incoming tide, he explains further—which was why the female organ bore a faint aroma of tbe sea, and why women always broke forth with some kind of briny water just before giving birth.

Hence mothers wanting to acknowledge the ultimate source of their young should now touch them to the incoming surf, he points out; while women hoping to conceive should wade into that same surf when beseeching the Sea-mother for help.

And meanwhile, they might becomingly adorn themselves with seashell amulets and necklaces—and these wondrous pearls the color of woman’s own milk.

Just as people would now do well to familiarize themselves with the tidal rhythms, learn more about fishing and swimming, and maybe even get a little coastal boating together.

Meaning that there were still more Laws to be learned and obeyed—while offenders could now be expected to be punished by some watery means ranging from a small, frightening undertow to a colossal tidal wave.

And then at death, he assures them, he’ll personally commit their spirit to some favorite relic and set it afloat on the outgoing tide—to be escorted back to the Isle by the dolphin or one of the Sea-mother’s other notable mammalian helpers.

To await rebirth—since of course, there wasn’t unlimited space out there either.

However, those found unworthy of re-entering that place, he warns with a firm shake of his forefinger, would find themselves abandoned, torn apart, and ultimately devoured by its eternally vigilant shark—which indeed, was how the creature lived!

Oh, people soon grow so adapted to the seacoast—where the land is actually held up by a tortoise, this new priest eventually gets around to informing them—that they can scarcely remember ever having lived elsewhere!


Following are some examples of peoples who rely, or in ancient times have relied little on the ‘earth’ as such; but living along the world’s seacoasts and chiefly sustaining themselves on marine life, traditionally behold the Sea-mother as their equivalent of the Earth-mother.

  • Siberia’s Aba khatun
  • Benin Africa’s Agwe
  • Haiti’s Agweta; said to be Agwe’s Caribbean daughter
  • the ancient Greeks’ Amphitrite
1. Amphitrite
  • the Greenland Inuits’ Arnakua’gak
  • Asherah: the ‘Lady of the Sea’ and widely revered ‘Queen of Heaven’ whose cult arose in Canaan on the Mediterranean coast and gradually spread throughout the Western Semitic lands
2. Asherah
  • the ancient Greeks’ Atanea
  • Polonesia’s Atanua; said to have created the seas by filling them with her amniotic fluid following a miscarriage
  • Finnland’s Avfruvva; traditionally described as a mermaid
  • Peru’s Cochamama; identified by the Incas as the sister of their aforementioned Earth-mother, Pachamama
  • Bali’s Dewi Danu
3. Dewi Danu
  • Java’s Dewi Lanjar (Java Sea only)
  • ancient Ireland’s Dubh Lacha
  • Angola’s Kianda; literally, ‘mermaid’; traditionally worshipped by throwing food and clothing into the sea
  • the ancient Greeks’ Eurynome
  • the Celtics’ Fata-Morgana
  • ancient Britain’s Geofon
  • Haiti’s Guabonito
  • the ancient Greeks’ Helle
  • the Aztecs’ Huixtocihuatl
  • the Inuits’ Idliragijenget
  • the ancient Greeks’ Idothea
  • Inuit Greenland’s Immap Ukua
  • Hawaai’s Ka Ahu Pahay
  • Brazil’s Jamaina
  • Latvia’s Juras-mate
4. Juras-mate
  • Angola’s Kianda
  • Micronesia’s Latmikaik
  • the ancient Welsh Lazdona
  • Finnland’s Luonnotar
  • China’s Ma Shi-Ko
  • Sri Lanka’s Manimekhala
  • the Middle East’s Mari
  • Taoist China’s Mazu
5. Mazu
  • the ancient Irish Muireartach
  • ancient Sumer’s Nammu
  • ancient Sumer’s Nanshe (Persian Gulf)
  • the Inuits’ Nerrivik
  • the Netsikik Inuits’ Nuliajuk
  • Java’s Nyai Roru Kidul (Indian Ocean)
  • Norway’s Rán
  • Hindu India’s Samudra
  • the Arctic’s Sedna
6. Sedna
  • the Hainans’ Shui Wei Sheng Niang
  • the Akkadians’ Sirara (Persian Gulf)
  • the Assyrians’ Tamti
  • China’s Tien Hou
  • Japan’s Toyota Mahime
  • Finnland’s Vellamo
  • the Ugrits’ Ven-ava
  • Estonia’s Vete-ema
  • West Africa’s Yemaja

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Photo Credits

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2: The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-yhwh-became-god-1457732366

3: Facebook https://m.facebook.com/WorldwideHinduTemples/photos/a.390759174403283/2003699023109282/?type=3

4: Artedea https://artedea.net/juras-mate-heilende-meermutter/

5: Real Life Heroes Wiki https://real-life-heroes.fandom.com/wiki/Mazu

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