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ACT SIX: in which things finally begin to get organized.
And well, next thing she knows, he’s going all over the delta showing its sundry priests and priestesses this wondrous, symbolic ring on the big middle ring of his right hand and explaining to them as how the Ultimate Mother herself had recently appeared to him out of the river and placed it there, with a directive that he should now bring the whole World Ring to order: specifically, by founding a great, holy city consecrated to her and ultimately expanding it into a fully worldwide civilization—both from the same root as ‘circle’.
“And of course, upon regaining my senses,” he continues, “my first inclination was to return all the way upriver and build the city there, on the sacred mountaintop.
“But then, the ruggedness of that area seemed to preclude that much of a city could be developed thereabouts; and so after scratching my head awhile, I got an idea: I’d simply bring the mountain to the city, as it were, by adopting the delta’s highest hill as a kind of token Mountain and spreading out from there!
“I’ve got a plan, then—but I’m definitely going to need some help,” he points out. And waits.
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And the others are most impressed by his story—if mainly the part about the Divine One having chosen their own humble area as the site for her new World Headquarters.
“So what do you want of us?” several immediately respond.
“I want you to call all your sects together,” Gaim replies without hesitation, “and follow me.”
And leading them to the highest point in the delta, he directs that it should be surmounted by an altar.
“I want it perfectly round, with a diameter twice that of my own reach,” he next tells them. “And it should be carved of the finest stone that you can find.
“When ready, it shall bear a perpetual fire,” he continues, “fed by four great logs aimed precisely in the four cardinal directions.
“Let the fire be protected from the elements by a generous round roof,” he adds,” supported by four round, stone pillars.
“The altar should include a surrounding ambulatory, beyond which, there should be an open courtyard one hundred paces across where people might gather for some important new ceremonies.
“While from there, a cruciform Great Temple—indeed, the biggest Temple ever built—should extend its wings another hundred fifty paces along the compass points; with the door at the end of the west wing being the most ornate and inviting, since it shall serve as the Temple’s main entrance.
“Moreover, the Temple’s flame shall be understood as not only illuminating the immediate area, but imparting the Great Mother’s civilizing spark to all the world; and accordingly, as marking the navel of her new holy city of Gamopolis—and ultimately, all its growing civilization.
“For from this primary hearth,” he now announces, “I shall personally dispense torches or ‘firebrands’ down the Temple’s four corridors and out their doors along the Four Paths to light every temple, shrine, amphitheater, house, barn, shop, mining camp, merchant ship, trading outpost, and farthest flung outpost of the coming Holy Gamopolite Empire—or withhold it, as I might find seemly.
“In other words, it is my intent that this new worldwide communion with the Mother Fire shall bind all people so strongly into a single Community that not even a simple athletic event will seem official anymore until some runner would first arrive bearing the sanctioning brand!
“And finally—listen close—a fair warning: with my lighting of the Mother Fire, or our civilization’s new Holy of Holies, no one but I and four youths carefully chosen by me to maintain it will be allowed to approach within ten paces of it—indeed, upon pain of death,” he now dares to announce, “by public stoning.”
And directly behind him, the Queen nods her official assent to that.
Of the four types of fire deity found in the world’s past and present religions—those associated with wildfire, volcanoes, the hotly burning sun, and the congenial campfire/indoor hearth—obviously, only the last has contributed to people’s safety, comfort, tribal bonding, general learning, and ultimately the development of the world’s first great civilizations.
Not surprisingly, then, many peoples down the Ages have ceremoniously ignited a fire specifically representing that aspect of the Great Mother, and often gone to great lengths to maintain it—even in the face of considerable adversity—as the very locus, or sacred ‘heart’ of their culture.
For instance, practically everyone has heard of the ancient Romans’ sacred fire, its ceremonial lighting by the power of the sun, its attendants who had to be virginal, its careful distribution to every Roman ship, remote outpost, and farflung colony, the harsh punishment for allowing it to expire, and so forth. But how many know that the first Cherokee Nation—a legal, autonomous tribal government recognized by the United States from 1794 to 1907—not only maintained a sacred fire at their seat of government in Georgia until ousted by Washington in 1838, but carried burning embers from their last council fire there to their new, assigned home in distant Oklahoma; from Oklahoma to their second new home in Tennessee; from there to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in North Carolina; and finally back to the new Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex in Oklahoma; where it may or may not burn to this day.
- Arstat: Persian deity of order
- Auge: ancient Spanish hearth deity
- Ayaba: Dahomean deity of the hearth
- Chantico: Aztec hearth deity
- Eunomia: ancient Greek deity of order and lawful conduct
- Gabija: Lithuanian hearth deity
- Hestia: ancient Greek hearth deity
- Horae: ancient Greek deities of order
- Kamui-fuchi: Ainu Japanese hearth deity
- Matergabiae: Lithuanian hearth deity
- Poza Mama: Siberian hearth deity
- Pukkeenegak: Inuit hearth deity
- Themis: ancient Greek deity of order
- Unchi-Ahchi: Japanese hearth deity; name means ‘grandmother hearth’
- Vesta: ancient Roman hearth deity whose virginal attendants are recalled above
1: Goddesses and Gods http://goddesses-and-gods.blogspot.com/2010/04/aztec-goddess-chantico.html
2: Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hestia
3: Goddesses and Gods http://goddesses-and-gods.blogspot.com/2011/05/goddess-pukkeenegak.html