Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

By Patricia Monaghan

More Than 1,000 Goddesses and Heroines from round the World

Groundbreaking pupil Patricia Monaghan spent her lifestyles studying, writing approximately, and documenting goddesses and heroines from all religions and all corners of the globe. Her paintings proven that from the start of recorded background, goddesses reigned along their male opposite numbers as figures of thought and awe. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology, Monaghan’s vivid and obtainable encyclopedia covers woman deities from Africa, the jap Mediterranean, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, in addition to each significant non secular tradition.

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There they invented a video game during which Kadlu jumped on hole ice, inflicting thunder; Kweetoo rubbed flint stones jointly to create lightning, and one other sister urinated so profusely that she created rain. Transported to the sky, the women lived in a whalebone residence, donning no garments yet blackening their faces with soot. In a few components, ladies avoided thunderstorms, or created them, through leaving choices for the trinity of climate goddesses: needles, bits of ivory, previous items of sealskin. (Holtved; Rasmussen 1921) Kaja é The solar goddess of the Siberian Enets and Nenets used to be a maternal strength who retreated each wintry weather to a house past the horizon. White reindeer with spots on their facets, sacred to the goddess, have been authorised to graze freely until eventually they died. If a person grew sick, a reindeer was once sacrificed and its head hung around the room from the sickbed. (Dioszegi and Hoppal) Kasum Naj‑Ekva The ancestral goddess of the Siberian Mansi wore pendants within the type of birds, which jingled as she walked. hugely strong, she may perhaps kill six rivals right now; she was once additionally a magician identified for the power of her curses. suitors wooed her. She lived with one for a time, then aban­ doned him and their daughter, whom she changed into a mountain. Then she lived with the opposite, yet studying that they have been siblings, left him. She used to be commemorated as a poultry goddess, and her snapshot used to be embroidered on pillows for defense. (Motz; Dioszegi and Hoppal) Kigvalu’uutchik one of the Inupiaq of Alaska’s Kobuk River, Kigvalu’uutchik used to be a lady who, staring at migrating ducks, yearned to persist with them to their southern domestic in autumn. whilst she grew right into a gorgeous younger girl, Kigvalu’uutchik used to be abducted eighty by way of male ducks who had visible her staring at them. She traveled with the ducks yet used to be by no means one in all them, for she overlooked her human kin. A kindly previous goose advised her the key of get away: she needed to discover a piece of driftwood that water had hollowed out and use it as a ship to drift domestic. He warned her to stick within the hole log for 4 days after she reached her village, for she may nonetheless be below the facility of the ducks. She the previous goose’s directions, escaping whilst she observed the ducks turning themselves into humans close to an enormous ice floe. It took her many years to discover the hollowed-out driftwood, and decades to drift domestic. as soon as there, she warned her aged mom and dad to not contact her, or she wouldn't manage to go back. even if they cried and cried, they her directions, so she was once capable of go back to human shape. (Swann) Koko Wild bushy humans known as kelye lived within the mountains, acknowledged the Siberian Chukchi, and one in all them abducted the younger widow Koko. Koko was once compelled to reside with the girl kelye, who went bare regardless of the chilly. stored in a rock cave, Koko murmured her identify to herself to maintain a feeling of her humanity. After a while, the kelye instructed Koko that she had as soon as been human and have been held captive till she grew to become lined with hair. Taking pity on Koko, the kelye allow her go back to her village, the place she stumbled on her child son grown into an aged guy.

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