Goddess Asase Yaa  

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"ASASE YAA" IS THE ASANTE EARTH GODDESS WHO IS RECOGNIZED AS A SOURCE OF TRUTH; HER FOLLOWERS SHOW HER RESPECT WITH A DAY OF REST FROM TILLING THE SOIL ON THURSDAYS. IN FACT, SHE IS A DAILY PART OF LIFE FOR THE GUYANESE WHO STILL PRACTICE THE OLD SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS. BEFORE A FARMER BEGINS TO TILL THE GROUND, HE MUST ASK FOR HER PERMISSION. SHE IS THE OLD WOMAN OF THE EARTH WHO IS PERSONIFIED AS THE MOTHER OF HUMANITY WHO SUPPLIES HER CHILDREN WITH LIFE AND EMBRACES THEM AGAIN AT DEATH. SHE IS PARTNERED WITH THE SKY GOD, "ONYAME".

AS THE EARTH MOTHER, SHE IS IN CHARGE OF CONTROLLING THE FERTILITY OF THE SOIL, ENSURING A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST, AND ACTING AS THE WOMB OF THE EARTH. HER SACRED DAY IS THURSDAY. FARMERS SACRIFICED COCKEREL TO ENSURE GOOD HARVEST. SHE IS ALSO GODDESS OF DEAD AND TRUTH. SHE IS NOT A DEITY OF WITH SHRINES OR PRIESTESSES AND OFFERINGS SO THAT SHE MAY HELP THE CROPS TO GROW ARE LEFT ON THE GROUND IN HER HONOR.

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Tzitzimime  

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In Mexica mythology the Tzitzimime were once stars but were cast out to become lords of the dark underworld, and were a danger both at night and especially during an eclipse. Each dawn and dusk they would battle the sun. The end of the Azteca fifty-two year cycle a time of even greater anxiety for if the new fire was not successfully drilled, the terrifying Tzitzimime star demons would reassert their control over the world. It was prophesized that these star demons would descend to earth and devour the few humans who survived the destruction of the Mexica world and universe when it ended in earthquake and famine.

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Religion Belief  

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Although the majority of Muslims are meat eaters, there is also widespread remembrance of Muhammad's warning, "Do not allow your stomachs to become graveyards!" For this reason, meat is used in moderation in many traditional recipes. Many Sufi tariqats prohibit meat-eating during retreats. The Qadiri shaikh Abdul Karim Jili, commenting on Ibn Arabi's advice to avoid animal fat during retreats, stated that "animal fat strengthens animality, and its principles will dominate the spiritual principles."

The 15th Century poet Kabir, whose Sufism represented a fusion of principles from both the Islamic and Hindu traditions, unequivocally condemned meat eating, characterizing it as the ultimate failure of compassion, deserving of eternal punishment; he stated that even the companionship of meat-eaters was harmful to the soul. In a gentler tone, the 20th century Sri Lankan Qadiri teacher Bawa Muhaiyaddeen also encouraged vegetarianism, stating that arrogance, haste and anger may decrease by elimination of meat from the diet. He taught that consumption of meat promotes the development of animalistic qualities, whereas consumption of plant and dairy products promotes peaceful qualities; and noted that Islamic rules pertaining to animal slaughter have the effect, if properly observed, of reducing the number of animals killed for food. Bawa put these principles into daily action, preparing many impromptu meals for his community and guests, typically in 15-gallon quantities.

The Chishti Inayat Khan, who introduced Sufi principles to Europe and America in the early part of this century, expressed similar concerns. He observed that vegetarianism promotes compassion and harmlessness to living creatures, and that a vegetarian diet aids in the purification of the body, the opening of the channels of breath and refinement of spiritual faculties. He also taught that meat can be a medicine, and can help some people to withstand the struggle of life in the material world. Therefore, each spiritual seeker should be guided by a teacher in the choice of diet, a decision also inevitably influenced by the regional climate and food supply.

Credit: Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook

Moreover, if one carefully observes the eating habit of Prophet Muhammad and all other God sent and chosen personality, God's peace be upon them all, none of them were fond of meat. Rather they all took minimal mean, mostly depended on non-meat food source. Jesus Christ ate mostly fish, not meat. Prophet Muhammad liked milk, honey, dates and some gentle natured vegetables; didn't like to take even onions or garlic at all (which is a hindu vegetarian practice, interestingly). If one has to categorize, Prophet Muhamamd was a semi-vegetarian. Likewise, Buddha was a complete vegetarian.

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