X: New revelations


To those who may be receiving one of these post-notifications for the first time: This is not a blog; it’s actually part of a book, and will make little sense to you without knowledge of what has come before—which you can easily obtain, along with a goodly amount of satirical theatre as matters progress, by simply entering ttgftyri.org into your web browser, opening the menu, and starting at page one. J.J.


ACT FOUR: in which push continues on to shove, then on to push, on to shove . . .

Scene 1

And in time, another youthful band comes upon a place where the earth amounts to no more than dry, barren sand for as far as they can see up ahead.

“Now what?” they glance at each other.

And entering this strange land, they come across a broad, muddy river bordered by thick, succulent vegetation ultimately supporting many important food-animals; while nowhere else around the whole horizon—this one young man notices when he’s finished refreshing himself there—can the earth be observed producing so much as a single blade of grass!

“Hence this pure, sweet water—as distinguished from that salty old sea water,” people’s newest priest is soon pointing triumphantly toward the telltale river, here flowing ever so nakedly before them,”—is what actually makes the earth fertile, or able to bring forth life!”

A brand new concept, to be sure—if one that certainly left itself open to further development over time.


The following deities often represent the principle of fertility as applied not only to vegetation, but by extention to animals and people as well.

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  • Akna: Inuit fertility deity
  • Ala: Igbo Nigerian Earth-mother and deity governing all fertility; the highest deity in the Igbo pantheon
  • Ama-arhus: Akkadian/Babylonian fertility deity
  • Amasagnul: Akkadian/Babylonian fertility deity
  • Anahita: ancient Iranian fertility deity associated with water; more than two hundred depictions of her as shown below—including some more naturally shaped, but in the very same posture—were found amid the ruins of Susa; such a high number suggests that they were in common use not just in temples, but in home altars
1. Anahita
  • Anaitis: Persian fertility deity whose worship eventually extended into eastern Europe
  • Anjea: aboriginal Australian fertility deity in whom people’s souls are believed to reside between reincarnations
  • Aphaea: ancient Greek fertility deity
  • Asase Ya: Ashanti Ghana Earth-mother and fertility deity
2. Asase Ya
  • Asertu: Canaanite/Hittite fertility deity
  • Ashera: Phoenecian fertility deity
  • Asratum: Canaanite fertility deity
  • Astoreth: ancient Lebanese fertility deity
  • Atabey: Taíno fertility deity
  • Atete: Oromo Ethiopian fertility deity; originally the Oromo Great Mother, under pressure from Roman Catholic missionaries her cult and many of its festivals have since been assimilated into those of the Virgin Mary, where she’s now known as Mariam
3. Atete
  • Athirat: Canaanite fertility deity
  • Auseklis: ancient Latvian fertility deity
  • Baba: Sumerian fertility deity
  • Babba: Hungarian fertility deity
  • Beiwe: Finnish fertility deity
  • Birrahgnooloo: aboriginal Australian fertility deity
  • Brigid: Continental Celtic/ancient Irish fertility deity; originally the Springtime aspect of a traditional Celtic triple-deity representing Spring, Summer, and Fall, as in the modern statue below, the ancient, pre-Christianized Celts marked the first day of spring—February 1st, back in their day—with a great festival in her honor; which just by coincidence (according to the Catholic Church) also happens to be the designated feast day of the canonized Brigid, St. Brigid
4. Brigid (on the left)
  • Banka Mundi: Indian fertility deity
  • Bo Ruadh: deity who was held to have brought fertility to ancient Ireland
  • Bona Dea: ancient Roman fertility deity
  • Brag srin mo: Tibetan fertility deity
  • Cerridwen: ancient Welsh fertility deity
  • Chang Sien: Chinese fertility deity worshipped by women wanting children
  • Chimalma: Aztec fertility deity
  • Damara: ancient British fertility deity
  • Demeter: ancient Greek agriculture deity who presided over the fertility of the earth
5. Demeter
  • Derceto: ancient Greek fertility deity
  • Dilga: aboriginal Australian fertility deity
  • Disani: Afghan fertility deity
  • Djanggawuls: aboriginal Australian fertility deity
  • Dzydzileya: Polish fertility deity
  • Faumea: Polynesian fertility deity
  • Fecunditas: ancient Roman fertility deity
  • Feronia: ancient Roman fertility deity
  • Finncaev: ancient Irish fertility deity
  • Freyja: Norse fertility deity whose divine qualities of beauty, love, and erotic pleasure in Norse imagination proved so difficult for the first Catholic missionaries in her part of the world to overcome with their own notion of the ideal woman as an asexual virgin, that they finally resorted to branding her a whore, outlawing her worship, and simply transferring her more acceptable qualities to the figure of the Virgin Mary
6. Freya
  • Gatumdag: Sumerian fertility deity
  • Gayatri: Hindu fertility deity
  • Hatmehyt: ancient Egyptian fertility deity
  • Haumea: Polynesian fertility deity
  • Ison: West African fertility deity
  • Kades: Canaanite fertility deity
  • Kaltesh: Ugric fertility deity
  • Kokopell Mana: Hopi fertility deity
  • Kostroma: East Slavic fertility deity
  • Kshumai: Kafir Afghanistan fertility deity
  • Lajja Gauri: Hindu fertility deity invoked for abundant crops and healthy progeny since long before Hinduism itself began to take form; countless figurines reflecting her widespread worship in India for thousands of years depict her as a faceless, lotus-headed deity portrayed in the birthing position, with her legs spread wide and her vagina exposed, as described in Hinduism’s own, oldest and still foremost sacred writings, the Rig-Veda: In the [Beginning], existence was born from non-existence . . . The earth was born from She who crouched with her legs spread; and from the earth, the . . . sky [was] born.
7. Lajja Gauri
8. Modern representation of above
  • Macha: Celtic/ancient Irish fertility deity
  • Mama Allpa: Incan fertility deity depicted with multiple breasts
  • Mama Ocllo: Incan fertility deity
  • Mama Pacha: lit., ‘Mother Nature’; also called Pachamama; Incan Earth-mother and fertility deity who presides over planting and harvesting
  • Matlalcueye: Aztec fertility deity
  • Matrinae: the three Celtic deities who oversaw fertility
  • Mbaba Mwana Waresa: Zulu fertility deity
  • Myrrha: Phoenecian fertility deity
9. Myrrha
  • Nanaja: Mesopotamian fertility deity
  • Nanshe: Sumerian fertility deity
  • Nantosuelta: ancient French fertility deity
  • Nerthus: Danish fertility deity
  • Nidaba: Sumerian fertility deity mainly associated with the date palm
  • Nin’insinna: Mesopotamian fertility-p deity
  • Nin-Imma: Mesopotamian fertility deity specially associated with the female sex-organs
  • Nintu: Sumerian fertility deity
  • Nok: ancient Chinese fertility deity
  • Numma Moiyuk: aboriginal Australian fertility deity
  • Onuava: Celtic fertility deity
  • Prende: Albanian fertility deity
  • Prithvi: Hindu earth deity specifically representing its fertility
10. Prithvi
  • Ra: Nigerian fertility deity
  • Rana Neida: Norse fertility deity
  • Rauna: Finnish fertility deity
  • Rosmerta: Gaul fertility deity
  • Sessrumnir: Germanic fertility deity
  • Sharra Itu: Sumerian fertility deity
  • Shaushka: Hittite fertility deity
  • Sinivali: Hindu fertility deity associated with fecundity; said to be the one who actually places the fetus in the womb
  • Sopdet: ancient Egyptian fertility deity associated with the soil
  • Spenta Ārmaiti: Zoroastrian deity associated with the earth’s fertility
11. Spenta Ārmaiti
  • Takus Mana: Hopi fertility deity
  • Tamfana: Norse fertility deity
  • Taranga: Polynesian fertility deity
  • Tawaret: ancient Egyptian fertility-deity associated with conception
  • Tefnut: ancient Egyptian fertility deity associated with water
  • Thouris: ancient Egyptian fertility deity
  • Tōnacācihuātl: Aztec fertility deity associated with the earth’s fruitfulness
12. Tōnacācihuātl
  • Turan: Etruscan fertility deity
  • Umaj: Bulgarian fertility deity
  • Xochitlicue: Aztec fertility deity
  • Xochiquetzal: Aztec fertility deity associated with female sexual power
  • Zarni-Ań: Koni Finnish fertility deity
  • Živa: Slavic fertility deity who brings life

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Photo Credits

1: Cari Ferraro https://cariferraro.com/the-iranian-mother-goddess/

2: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.de/pin/467318898813383598/?nic_v1=1be%2BnT%2F%2BsBoTg2%2BuIrLm%2BAyC2KucBXjMn9mgBBohsn1yRDJqm%2BLvWvE1gKAcvx0Hc%2B

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5: Greek Mythology https://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Demeter/demeter.html

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8: Temple Yoni Matre http://templeyonimatre.weebly.com/culte-du-yoni/lajja-gauri-ou-la-desse-tte-de-lotus

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11: Iran Politics Club http://iranpoliticsclub.net/culture-language/mythology2/

12: Journeying to the Goddess https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/goddess-tonacacihuatl/

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