Nile Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

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THE BIRD GODDESS IS LINKED IN MYTH WITH BIRTH THROUGH THE SYMBOL OF THE PRIMAL EGG. SHE WAS ONE OF THE PREHISTORIC FERTILITY GODDESSES WORSHIPPED IN THE NILE DELTA. THE ORIGINAL CLAY FIGURE WAS FOUND IN THE NILE VALLEY AND HAS BEEN DATED BETWEEN 35,000 AND 25,000 BCE. STRONGLY BEAKED FACES AND WINGLIKE ARMS AND HANDS. THE MORE GRACEFUL AND HUMAN-LIKE IS THE RIVER, OR NILE GODDESS.

ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE ANY RECORDS OF HER ATTRIBUTES, IT IS APPARENT THAT SHE WAS AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL FEMININE SYMBOL....AN EARLY REPRESENTATION OF THE DIVINE FEMININE. WHEN VIEWED FROM THE SIDE, HER POSTURE IS ONE OF PROUD DEFIANCE...SHE IS BENT SLIGHTLY FORWARD, WITH HER BOSOM THRUST OUTWARD AND HER BUTTOCKS THRUST BACKWARD. HER LIFTED ARMS AND CLENCHED FISTS CONVEY VICTORIOUS DOMINATION. SHE HAD THE HEAD OF A BIRD.

SEVERAL OF THESE PAINTED TERRACOTTA FIGURES, LESS THAN A FOOT HIGH AND MUCH ALIKE, WERE FOUND IN GRAVES IN MOHAMERIAN, NEAR EDFU. THEY SERVE AS A SUPERB BLEND OF BIRD, WOMAN, AND DEITY. THEIR GREATLY ENLARGED POSTERIORS ARE A REPRESENTATION OF THE COSMIC OR PRIMAL EGG. IN EGYPTIAN MYTH, THE GENERATION OF THE PRIMAL EGG TAKES PLACE IN WHAT IS KNOW AS THE TIME OF NON-BEING WHERE THE SUBLIME GOOSE APPEARS AMONG THE IMPERISHABLE STARS. WHILE THE WORLD IS STILL FLOODED BY SILENCE, THE VOICE OF THE GREAT CACKLER BREAKS THE STILLNESS, AND SHE LAYS THE EGG CONTAINING THE GERM OF LIFE. FROM HER EGG BURSTS FORTH A BIRD OF CELESTIAL LIGHT. THE COSMIC MATTER FROM WHICH THE UNIVERSE IS FORMED COMES FROM THE PRIMAL EGG.

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