XVII: At the top


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Scene 12

And finally reaching the very summit, Gaim is surprised to meet a relatively subdued priest who simply points overhead and notes that, after all, the sun, moon, and all the other perpetually moving celestial bodies were themselves but affxed to the upper firmament that people had long known as, well, just ‘the sky’.

“And that’s all that we know about it,” the priest observes with noticeable frustration, “—which is why I can’t get very excited about it, granted that it’s a beautiful azure today.

And then showing Gaim a statue of the Ultimate One clad in her traditional red gown that dated all the way back to the Earth-mother, but was now covered by a sky-blue mantle, he sighs and continues, “Apparently, the realm of Our Lady of the Sky lies somewhere behind that impenetrable barrier up there; but I sure don’t know how we people might hope to learn more about it.

“In fact, my guess is that the Divine One created the sky specifically to conceal her realm from view, lest we people somehow manage to learn her Great Secret.

“And so I guess her almighty secret shall remain hidden from us after all,” the priest concludes as Gaim now scratches his own head with no little personal frustration and turns back downstream with great disappointment, “—forever!”


Uniquely in ancient Egypt, the dry, barren desert earth was considered little more than a platform for supporting people’s villages and passing caravans, and as such, was conceptualized as male; while the sky, as the source of light, heat and rain—the things that generated and sustained life—was perceived as female.

But while no other culture is known to have conceived of the earth as male, more than a few have identified ‘the ultimate mother of us all’ as the sky.

Following are some deities of the latter variety—including several that specifically represent the breaking dawn and late evening sky.

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  • Aaghu Gugu: Cherokee dawn deity
  • Aditi: Hindu sky deity held to have created all of the other celestial deities: the primal creatrix
1. Aditi
  • Aja: Sumerian dawn deity who was said to help the sun climb over the eastern mountains into the sky each morning
  • Al Uzza: Arabic dawn deity
  • Albina: Etruscan dawn deity
  • Ama No Uzume: Shinto Japanese dawn deity
  • Anatu: Mesopotamian sky deity
  • Ataentsic: Haudenosaunee sky deity
  • Atahensic: Iroquois sky deity
2. Atahensic
  • Ataksak: Inuit sky deity
  • Atanea: Polynesian dawn deity
  • Aurora: ancient Roman dawn deity
  • Austrine: Lithuanian dawn deity
  • Bau: Phoenecian sky deity
  • Breksta: Lithuanian twilight deity
  • Brisaya: ancient Greek dawn deity
  • Chun T’i: Chinese deity of the dawn
  • Djalai: Kenta Malasia sky deity
  • Dunne: Siberian sky deity
  • Eos: ancient Greek dawn deity
3. Eos
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Estsanatlehi: Navajo sky deity
  • Gbenebeka: Ogonu Nigerian sky deity
  • Hebat: Hittite sky deity
  • Hesperos: ancient Greek deity of evening
  • Hine titama: Maori dawn deity
  • Holde: ancient Germanic sky deity; falling snowflakes were said to be feathers from her bed
  • Inkosikasi: African sky deity
  • Inmar: Ugric Finnland sky deity
  • Jata: Borneo sky deity
  • Mater Matuta: ancient Italic deity of the daytime sky
4. Mater Matuta
  • Mehturt: ancient Egyptian sky deity
  • Nambi: Ugandan sky deity
  • Nut: ancient Egyptian sky deity
  • Ostara: German deity whose name means ‘eastern light’
  • Sirona: Continental Celtic sky deity
  • Thea: ancient Greek dawn deity
  • Thesan: Etruscan dawn deity
  • Thesan: Etruscan dawn deity

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Photo Credits

1: Hindu Human Rights https://www.hinduhumanrights.info/goddess-aditi-the-primal-creatix/

2: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/171629435768806991/?nic_v1=1bPp9khdv4xOepQYsOZ%2BhxqY8wCUCAP%2BoWhEO5kLLCKU0s1z18W%2B1Q%2BFaN7Rcausju

3: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/Ahecate68/eosdawn/

4: Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mater_Matuta

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