XII: The great mountain


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Scene 6

And climbing on, Gaim follows the river into some steep mountain forest—where next, he meets a priest who seeks to warn him, “You must go no further!

“For in case you haven’t figured it out, young man,” the other eyes Gaim suspiciously, “this mountain is nothing less than the Divine Home; while as you might imagine, a mighty storm eternally rages about the top, lest some nosy interloper manage to attain the Serpent’s den—indeed, witness some damned fools who’ve already gone up there,, unfortunately still not to return.”

Then he showed Gaim a new kind of painting rendered with charcoal on a piece of dry bark, in which the Serpent was portrayed coiled around an upright isosceles triangle, thus symbolizing its divine ownership of the mountain on which they currently stood.

And forming a similar triangle with his own hands as he gazed upon this new image, the priest claimed that Our Lady of the Mountain was the real Ultimate Force behind everything—since her very slope was what propelled the Serpent and its precious cargo unto all the waiting, thirsty world below.


On the other hand, some mountains, though the source of plentiful rivers, periodically spat fire and smoke high into the air and poured only hot, molten lava down the mountainside, all because its Lady had apparently grown upset about something: terrifying all her worshippers down below.

So did people worship those deities too? Oh yes; if anything, they typically heaped even greater worship upon them—often including human sacrifice.

The following twenty Ladies include both types of mountain deity.

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  • Adrastea: mountain deity worshipped in ancient Phyrgia
  • Aetna: ancient Greek deity of Italy’s Mt. Etna
  • Atoja: Peruvian mountain deity who reportedly sends the rains
  • Chuginadak: deity of the Aleutian volcano of the same name
  • Darago: Philippine volcano deity
  • Dindymene: ancient Greek deity of Mt. Dindimus
  • Dyang Makiling: Philippine mountain deity; translation from native Tagalog: ‘Noble Lady of Mt. Makiling’
1. Dyang Makiling
  • Ee loolth: Duwamish mountain deity
  • Frjorgyn: Norse deity of mountain forests
  • Giriputri: Balinese mountain-deity; ‘giri’ = mountain, ‘putri’ = female
  • Ho-Hsien-Ku: Taoist Chinese deity of mountains
  • Huchi: Japanese deity of volcanoes
  • Kan-Laon: early Philippine deity of volcanic Mt. Kanlaon; supreme being of Hiligaynon people
  • Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hime-No-Kami: Shinto Japanese deity of mountains; as the special guardian of Mt. Fuji, she has her own shrine atop the mountain, although the actual deity of Mt. Fuji is Sengen-Sama
2. Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hime-No-Kami
  • Lady Saso: deity of Korea’s Mt. Seondo
  • Loo-wit: deity of Mt. St. Helens
  • Masaya: Nicaraguan volcano deity
  • Ninhursag: ancient Sumerian deity whose name means ‘Lady of the Sacred Mountain’
  • Pele: Hawaiian deity of volcanoes, especially Mt. Kilauea; according to her local worshippers, she once lived way out in the western Pacific, with her father and sister, but when she was caught trying to seduce her sister’s husband, her father threw her out of the house—after which she sailed eastward, angrily creating volcanoes on every island that she passed, until finally, she reached the island of Hawaii, which was so beautiful that she created Mt. Kilauea and set up a new home for herself there
3. Pele

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Photo Credits

1: Under the Influence! https://ztevetevans.wordpress.com/tag/dayang-masalanta/

2: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/504403226985061232/?nic_v1=1b2U3SplyRTzXXaXkgxfsA4y%2F7QIr4Tc6vSHCKHUcWX0PQSKRCQe8xf3EKHdr8nuu6

3: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143200463131092711/?nic_v1=1acDDcCndcscI4%2Brl%2B8ELc3Omdc7E55FEBtKk7Hz6wOq%2FAdc3SOKDORjUYzQYfG5cS

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