Ninhursag Sumarian Goddess Of Fertility  

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"NINHURSAG" IS THE SUMARIAN GODDESS OF FERTILITY; HER DOMAIN IS THE EARTH AND ALL OF ITS CREATURES AND PLANTS. HER NAME MEANS "LADY OF THE MOUNTAIN". ALL OF MESOPOTAMIA WORSHIPPED HER AS THE PRIMORDIAL MOTHER WHO CREATED HUMANITY FROM CLAY. SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF KI AND ANU, THE GOD OF THE SKY. SHE IS THE CONSORT OF ENKI, GOD OF THE WATERS. THEIR STORY BEGINS IN THE SEASON OF WINTER, AND IT IS NINHURSAG'S JOB TO USHER IN THE SPRING.

ENKI WAS AROUSED BY THE MOTHER GODDESS AND THEY MAKE LOVE, AND THROUGH THE UNION OF EARTH AND WATER, NINHURSAG BORE ENKI A DAUGHTER, NINSAR, MISTRESS OF VEGETATION; HER BIRTH REPRESENTS THE NEW PLANTS THAT GREW AFTER THE UNION OF HER PARENTS. HOWEVER, THE SEASON IS NOW ENDING AND NINHURSAG MUST DEPART FOR THE WINTER...LEAVING NINSAR AND ENKI. NINSAR IS SUBSEQUENTLY IMPREGNATED BY ENKI; SHE THEN BORE NINKURRA, GODDESS OF THE MOUNTAIN PASTURES; AND SHE, TOO, BEARS ENKI DAUGHTER, UTTU, THE SPIDER AND WEAVER OF PATTERNS OF LIFE'S DESIRES. BUT, UTTU WAS UNWILLING TO BEAR ENKI'S CHILD AND APPROACHED NINHURSAG FOR HELP; SHE WAS ADVISED TO BURY ENKI'S SEMEN IN THE GROUND. THERE IT GREW INTO EIGHT PLANTS WHICH ENKI PROCEEDED TO EAT.

THIS ENRAGED NINHURSAG WHO, SEEING HOW ENKI HAD NO RESPECT OR RESTRAINT, HAD HAD ENOUGH OF HER HUSBAND'S BETRAYALS. SHE CURSED HIM AND CAUSE EACH PLANT TO FESTER INTO A DISEASE IN THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF HIS BODY. THE OTHER GODS PLEADED WITH NINHURSAG TO TAKE THE CURSE OFF, FOR WITHOUT ENKI'S WATER, THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLE WERE BEGINNING TO DIE. ENKI MUST SURVIVE BECAUSE LIFE DEPENDS ON HIM. SO, AFTER MUCH PLEADING ON THEIR PART, NINHURSAG GAVE IN AND, SINCE HE HAS EIGHT PAINS IN EIGHT DIFFERENT PARTS OF HIS BODY, CURED HIM BY TAKING THE PLANTS FROM HIS BODY AND GIVING BIRTH TO EIGHT HEALING GODDESSES. ENKI VOWS TO BE MORE MODEST IN HIS BEHAVIORS AND AND LEARNS A VALUABLE LESSON ABOUT BEING RESPONSIBLE.

"TAKEN LITERALLY, THE STORY OF INKI AND NINHURSAG IS ONE OF INCEST AND RAPE, BUT WE MUST REMEMBER. ENKI IS NOT AN IMMORAL CRIMINAL; IN FACT, HE IS NOT A REAL PERSON, BUT IS THE WATER WHILE NINHURSAG IS THE MOTHER EARTH, NOT A REAL WOMAN. MYTHS TEACH US HOW THE WORLD OPERATES, NOT THE WAY SOCIETY WANTS US TO BEHAVE. SO, IF WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE METAPHORS, WE WILL SEE THAT ENKI IS SIMPLY WATERING THE PLANTS. (NINSAR). NOW, NINSAR GROWS WITH CHILD, BUT IS IT NOT POSSIBLE THAT THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT THE BIRTH OF NINKARA (PASTURES) IS SYMBOLIC OF A FIELD OF PLANTS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS? FOR, AS ENKI WATERED THE PLANTS, SOME OF IT SEEPED OVER INTO THE GROUND CREATING THE FLOWERING PASTURES. FOR, METAPHORICALLY, THIS BEAUTIFUL TALE IS ABOUT THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS AND THE BEAUTY OF THE INTERACTION OF THE CREATIVE DUALITIES. "

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Greek Sea Gods  

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The ancient Greeks had a large number of sea deities. The philosopher Plato once remarked that the Greek people were like frogs sitting around a pond-their many cities hugging close to the Mediterranean coastline from the Hellenic homeland to Asia Minor, Libya, Sicily and Southern Italy. It was natural, therefore, to venerate a rich variety of aquatic divinities. The range of Greek sea gods of the classical era range from primordial powers and an Olympian on the one hand, to heroized mortals, chthonic nymphs, trickster-figures, and monsters on the other.

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Goddess Ceridwen  

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CERIDWEN (pronounced KARE-id-wen) is the Celtic Goddess of wisdom and magic. She had three children, a beautiful maiden named Creirwy, an ugly but strong son named Morvran, and an extremely ugly son named Afagddu. Unfortunately, Afagddu had no skills or knowledge that would compensate for his looks. Ceridwen, as Goddess of magic, decided to brew a potion that would give her son the gifts of poetry and wisdom. The potion took a year and a day to brew, and Ceridwen employed a blind man to tend the fire under it and a boy named Gwion to stir it. Just as the potion was ready to be used, three drops splashed out of the cauldron and burned Gwion's thumb--he instinctively licked them off, thereby gaining the gifts of the potion. The rest of the potion was useless, and Ceridwen was so angry with Gwion that she chased him down. He tried to turn into a rabbit, but she turned into a dog. He turned into a fish, but she became an otter and followed him into the water. He turned into a bird, and she pursued him as a hawk. Finally, he turned himself into a grain of corn, hoping that she would not be able to distinguish him from the other grains. But, of course, Ceridwen immediately recognized Gwion and, turning herself into a hen, she ate him.

Ceridwen soon found that she was pregnant, and knew that her child would be Gwion reborn and that he would remember his previous life and retain all the knowledge that he had stolen from her son. She swore that she would kill him as soon as he was born, but the baby was so beautiful that she couldn't bring herself to do it. Instead, she wrapped him in a sealskin and set him out to sea. The baby was rescued by a Celtic prince named Elffin, who named him Taliesin. He grew up to be one of the greatest bards of Celtic history.

Ceridwen's name means "blessed poetry", and has several variations, including CARIDWEN, CEREDUIN, CERRIDU, CERRIDWEN, KERIDWEN, KERRIDWEN, KERITUEN, KERRITUEN, KERRITWEN, KYRRIDUEN, and KYRRITUEN.

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