Goddess Baubo  

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"BAUBO" IS THE PRE-HELLENIC GODDESS OF LAUGHTER. SHE WAS THE SISTER OR MOTHER OF "IAMBE, "AND IT APPEARS THE GREEKS BORROWED HER FROM FAR OLDER CULTURES. OLD, SEXUALLY BAWDY, AND COMICALLY LEWD, SHE HAS BEEN CALLED A BELLY "GODDESS" OF OBSCENITY. SHE HAD A REPUTATION FOR TELLING INDECENT JOKES. SHE IS DEPICTED WITHOUT A HEAD OR LIMBS. HER BREASTS APPEAR AS EYES AND HER GENITALS ARE SHAPED LIKED A BEARDED MOUTH.

Baubo is perhaps most famous for an incident at Eleusis when the grief-stricken "Demeter" visited while searching for her daughter, "Persephone". REALIZING THAT THE "GODDESS" NEEDED NOURISHMENT, "BAUBO" OFFERED HER SOME SOUP, AND WHEN "DEMETER "REFUSED, "BAUBO" FLASHED HER VULVA IN AN ATTEMPT TO CHEER THE GODDESS UP. "DEMETER "BEGAN TO SMILE, AND THEN CHUCKLED, AND THEN GAVE A FULL BELLY LAUGH, AT WHICH POINT THE EARTH STARTED TURNING GREEN AGAIN. HENCE, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT "BAUBO "REPRESENTS THE HEALING POWER OF LAUGHTER.

"WITH THESE WORDS SHE AT THE SAME TIME DREW UP HER GARMENTS FROM "

"THE LOWEST [HEM], "

"AND EXPOSED TO VIEW FORMATAS INGUINIBUS RES, "

"WHICH BAUBO GRASPING WITH HOLLOW HAND, FOR "

"THEIR APPEARANCE WAS INFANTILE, STRIKES, TOUCHES GENTLY. "

"THEN THE GODDESS, FIXING HER ORBS OF AUGUST LIGHT, "

"BEING SOFTENED, LAYS ASIDE FOR A LITTLE THE SADNESS OF HER MIND: "

"THEREAFTER SHE TAKES THE CUP IN HER HAND, AND LAUGHING, "

"DRINKS OFF THE WHOLE DRAUGHT OF CYCEON WITH GLADNESS."

THE DIFFERENT STORIES CONCERNING THE RECEPTION OF "DEMETER "AT ELEUSIS SEEM ALL TO BE INVENTIONS OF LATER TIMES, COINED FOR THE PURPOSE OF GIVING A MYTHICAL ORIGIN TO THE JOKES IN WHICH THE WOMEN USED TO INDULGE AT THE FESTIVAL OF THIS GODDESS.



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