Mari Basque Goddess Of The Moon  

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"MARI "IS THE BASQUE GODDESS OF THE MOON. SHE IS THE SUPREME GODDESS OF THE BASQUE PANTHEON. MARI IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VARIOUS FORCES OF NATURE INCLUDING THE WIND, STORMS, AND LIGHTNING. SHE CREATES STORMS TO CHASTISE DISOBEDIENT PEOPLE. SHE OFTEN TRAVELS ACROSS THE SKY AS A FIREBALL OR AS A BLAZING CRESCENT GOING FROM ONE MOUNTAIN PEAK TO ANOTHER. SOMETIMES HER CHARIOT IS BEING PULLED BY FOUR WHITE HORSES AND OTHER TIMES, SHE IS SEEN RIDING A WHITE RAM. MARI HAS MANY HOMES ON THE HIGH MOUNTAIN SUMMITS AND DEEP WITHIN THE CAVES BELOW. IT IS SAID THAT THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, THE PEOPLE LIVED IN DARKNESS. THEY WERE AFRAID AND ASKED MARI FOR HELP. AND, SHE CREATED THE MOON.

MARI IS A SHAPE SHIFTER WHO CAN APPEAR AS ANY ANIMAL, BUT SOMETIMES WILL ASSUME THE SHAPE OF A WHITE CLOUD OR A RAINBOW. SHE IS OFTEN PICTURED AS A WOMAN OF FIRE OR AS A THUNDERBOLT. LEGENDS REVERE HER AS A PROPHETESS AND ORACLE; SHE IS SAID TO RULE OVER SORCERY AND DIVINATION. SHE UPHOLDS THE LAW CODE AND IS KNOWN TO PUNISH ANYONE WHO IS GUILTY OF LYING AND STEALING. SHE CONDEMNS PRIDE AND BOASTING AND ENSURES A HIGH LEVEL OF MORAL CONDUCT. HER SYMBOL IS THE SICKLE WHICH IS STILL USED TODAY TO WARD OFF EVIL. MARI PROTECTS THE TRAVELERS AND PROVIDES GOOD COUNCIL TO HUMANS. UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE ADVENT OF CHRISTIANITY, MARI WAS DEGRADED INTO AN EVIL SPIRIT.

MARI IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE EARTH GODDESS, LUR, AND THE SISTER OF THE SUN GODDESS, EKHI. THE THUNDER SPIRIT, MAJU IS HER HUSBAND, AND THEY APPARENTLY LIVE APART FOR WHEN THEY DO GET TOGETHER, THERE ARE SEVERE STORMS OF RAIN, HAIL, THUNDER AND LIGHTING. ALTHOUGH THE INQUISTION RUTHLESSLY PERSECUTED FOLLOWERS OF THE GODDESS AS 'WITCHES', MARI SOMEHOW ESCAPED DESTRUCTION, AND SHE CONTINUES TO LIVE ON IN SOME PARTS OF NORTHERN EUROPE.

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