XIX : Commerce and Industry


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And now continuing deeper into the delta, Gaim comes across a village where he learns that the Ultimate One is also Our Lady of Commerce and Industry overseeing a busy marketplace trading off surplus field produce, meat, fish, leather goods, bolts of cloth, clever wooden flutes, tin and copper wares ultimately offered by Our Lady of the Mines—indeed, whatever promises to be of interest to the passing mob.

Which soon grows elbow to elbow as he finds himself entering some larger community of fixed shops naturally owned and mostly staffed by women, where just about everything that one might imagine appears to be available to whoever might offer some acceptable exchange for it.

For instance, there are these bright metal discs representing the earth—including many marked with the four cardinal directions. Gaim gasps when he sees what the shopkeeper wants for them, and asks why they’re so expensive.

“Hey, it isn’t easy to make them perfectly round,” she quickly answers, “and so I figure I should be compensated for the inordinate amount of time that it takes to make them!

“Anyway,” she adds, “so many people have been getting them as a charm to wear around their neck that if you were to take one and then decide for some reason that you don’t want it anymore, you’ll find that you can always trade it on for something else. In fact, these things are beginning to get something of a reputation as ‘coins’.”

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But Gaim decides that at least for the present, he’ll just keep moving.

And in another shop, he soon encounters burnished copper coins representing the sun, and even more-fetching ones of gold; while the latter are so prized for their rich, deep color, the shopkeeper there reports, the local gold supply is currently nearing exhaustion—unfortunately, leaving them the most expensive ones of all.

While in another, he finds silver coins representing the Moon Lady, along with silver right-and left-handed crescents for adorning one’s ears; coiled representations of the Serpent meant to be worn as charms around one’s wrist; Bird-shaped clasps for tying back one’s hair, Cow-headed pins for fastening one’s garments, and so forth.

But mainly—indeed, now seemingly at every turn—he encounters all these crosses: statuettes reminiscent of a bird with outstretched wings, hooked crosses calling to mind the movement of the wind all around the horizon, crosses overlying a circle representing the horizon itself, flowered crosses lest one forget that in the end, the wind was ultimately about fertility, and numerous crosses featuring the Divine One’s breasts.

Moreover, there were statues portraying her with four arms and/or sometimes four faces; and paintings celebrating her as a four-sided mountain with a four-branched river descending it, and so forth.

Whereas another simply depicted her as a woman lying face-up on the bare earth with her head making east, her feet west, and her outstretched hands north and south, while the first people climbed out of her sacred orifice via the four limbs of the Tree and ultimately spread out along four paths—unto whatsoever final satisfaction.

And Gaim traded a fine leather belt, along with a pair of exquisitely soft deer-skin moccasins that he’d recently made, for that one.


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Many are the world’s stories of how either the Great Mother herself or one of her various aspects taught people the art of cooking, baking, brewing, spinning, weaving, fabric-making, dyeing, sewing, embroidering, basket-making, pottery-making, jewelry-making, silkworm breeding, and so forth—as exemplified by the divine Ladies below.

  • Aclla Cuna: Peruvian deity of weaving
  • Arachne: ancient Greek deity of weaving
  • Bertha: ancient German deity of the spinning wheel
  • Chih Nii: Chinese deity of spinning
1. Chih Nii
  • Chih Nü: Chinese deity of weaving
  • Cloacina: ancient Roman deity of sewer workers
  • Dabeiba: Antioquía Columbian culture-creator revered as the deity who taught them agriculture, how to weave baskets, mats, fire-fans, and pots, do body-painting, and dye their teeth black.
  • Dugnai: ancient Irish deity of baking, kneading, yeast, and liquor
  • Ehecatl: Aztec deity of crafts
  • Eileithyia: ancient Greek deity of spinning
  • Eunostos: ancient Greek deity of flour mills
  • Frau Holle: ancient Germanic deity of spinning
2. Frau Holle
  • Giane: ancient Sardinian deity of spinning and weaving
  • Hami-Yasu-Hime: Japanese deity of potters
  • Hsi-Lingh Shih: Japanese deity of silk weaving
  • Inari Ōkami: Japanese deity of agriculture, sake, and industry
  • India Rosa: Venezuelan deity of weaving and pottery
  • Ishi-Kori-Dome: Japanese deity of stonecutters
  • Ix Chebel Yax: Mayan deity of spinning, weaving, and dyeing
  • Iyamoopo: African deity of weaving and dyeing
  • Kana-Yama-Hime-No-Kami: Japanese deity of miners
  • Kanene Ski Amai Yehi: Cherokee deity of weaving and pottery
  • Klotes: earlyGreek deity of spinning
  • Lei-zi: Chinese deity of silkworm breeding
  • Libitina: ancient Roman deity of mortitians
3. Libitina
  • Lina: ancient Greek deity of weaving
  • Lug: ancient Celtic deity of crafts
  • Kanene Ski Amai Yehi: Canaanite deity of crafts
  • Ma Kiela: South African deity of fabric dyeing
  • Mama Occlo: Inca deity who taught people how to spin thread, sew, and build better houses
  • Mokos: Slavic shearing, spinning, and weaving
  • Myrmex: ancient Greek deity of weaving
  • Neit: ancient Egyptian deity of weaving, crafts
  • Ninkasi: Sumerian goddess of brewing; very important
4. Ninkasi
  • Paivatar: Finnish deity of weaving and spinning
  • Papalluga: Serbian deity of spinning
  • Penelope: ancient Greek deity of weaving
  • Praxadike: ancient Roman deity of private enterprise
  • Rua: Tahitian deity of crafts
  • Ruana Nieda: Saami Finnland weaving
  • Sien Tsang: Chinese deity of silk cultivation
  • Sreca: Serbian deity of spinning
  • Sweigsdunka: Lithuanian deity of weaving
  • Tama-No-Ya: Shinto Japanese deity of jewelers
  • Tatsuta-Hime: Japanese deity of weaving
5. Tatsuta-Hime
  • Tayet: ancient Egyptian deity of spinning and weaving
  • Uttu: Sumerian deity of weaving and clothing
  • Wakahirume: Japanese deity specializing in needle-craft and weaving
  • Xōchiquetzal: Aztec deity of weaving and embroidery

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Photo Credits

1: Cookie Pantheon https://cookie-pantheon.fandom.com/wiki/Chih_Nii

2: J.M. Ney-Grimm http://jmney-grimm.com/2016/04/mother-holle/

3: Tales & Mythology http://talesmythology.blogspot.com/2018/09/gr296.html

4: Journeying to the Goddess https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/goddess-ninkasi/

5: British Museum https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?images=true&objectId=778586&partId=1

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