Goddess Aya  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IN BABYLONIAN MYTHOLOGY", AYA" IS THE VERY ANCIENT "GODDESS OF THE DAWN; "SHE WAS OFTEN CALLED THE "BRIDE OF THE SUN". SHE WAS THE DIVINE CONSORT OF "SHAMASH" AND THE MOTHER OF "MISHARU" (GOD OF LAW AND ORDER) AND "KITTU" (GOD OF JUSTICE). SHE WAS ALSO THE ASSOCIATED WITH SEXUAL LOVE AND FRUITFULNESS.

MUCH LATER, SHE WAS MERGED INTO THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE GODDESS ISHTAR, AND IT WAS SAID THAT THERE WAS A "GATE OF ISHTAR/AYA" LEADING OUT OF THE UNDERWORLD INTO THE LIGHT, NO DOUBT THE OPENING THROUGH WHICH THE "MORNING STAR "AND "LIGHT OF DAWN "APPEARED. LIKE OTHER GODDESSES OF THE DAWN, SHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS WHICH ARE SEEN AS SYMBOLICALLY GIVING BIRTH TO THE SUN EACH DAY AS IT CRESTS THE PEAKS AND RISES INTO THE SKY.

THE BABYLONIANS BELIEVED THAT "AYA'S "MYSTICAL UNION OR SACRED MARRIAGE WITH THE SUN GOD CAUSED ALL VEGETATION TO GROW AND FLOURISH. SHE WAS INVOKED AT ALL BEGINNINGS WHEN A POTENT SURGE OF ENERGY WAS NEEDED TO BRING THE RENEWING LIGHT OF THE DAWN.

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