Goddess Amana  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IN THE KALINA OF SOUTH AMERICA MYTHOLOGY, AMAN"A "(SHE WITHOUT A NAVAL) APPEARS AS THE FOUNDATION OF THE UNIVERSE. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF THE WATERS WHO WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY A MOTHER AND A VIRGIN WHO BROUGHT FORTH TWINS--"TAMUSI," THE GRANDFATHER OF THE MOON, AND "TAMULA," THE GOD OF HEAT PROTECTION. THEY SAY THAT SHE WAS NEVER BORN, THAT SHE EXISTS ETERNALLY. SHE IS THE PERSONIFICATION OF BOTH TIME AND ETERNITY.

ALL LIFE COMES FROM HER FOR IT IS SHE WHO BEGETS AND CONTAINS EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO BE." AMANA "HAS BORNE ALL BEINGS AND CAN TAKE ANY SHAPE. SHE LIVES IN THE WATERY "PLEIADES" IN THE FORM OF A DAZZLINGLY PRETTY WOMAN WHOSE BODY TAPERS INTO A SERPENT'S TAIL. SHE IS DEPICTED WITH PALE WHITE SKIN, LONG BLACK HAIR, AND DARK, BRILLIANT EYES. SHE RENEWS HERSELF CONTINUALLY BY SLOUGHING OFF HER SKIN. SHE ESPECIALLY RULES ALL WATER SPIRITS. SHAMANS COMMUNE WITH WITH HER FOR VISIONS AND HEALING. IT IS "AMANA" WHO PLEADS FOR MERCY WITH THE ANGRY SPIRIT THAT CAUSED THE PATIENT'S ILLNESS.

IN THE BEGINNING "AMANA", SEATED ATOP A TURTLE, RODE UPON THE WAVE WHICH WAS TO BECOME THE "MILKY WAY". SHE CREATED THE SUN FOR WARMTH, BUT HAD NOT ANTICIPATED HOW HOT IT WOULD BE, AND, ALAS, IT BURNED THE MOON. "AMANA "HAS TO KEEP IMMERSING THE SUN IN THE OCEAN TO PROTECT THE EARTH FROM ITS SCORCHING RAYS. HER TWO SONS HELP HER FIGHT ITS HEAT. DURING THE DAY, "TAMUSI "CUTS AWAY SUN RAY SERPENTS AND CASTS THEM INTO SPACE. AT NIGHT "TAMULA "COVERS THE SUN WITH LAYERS OF DARKNESS.

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