Jun 26, 2013

I Remember the Future on a Faraway Land

Esme ran away from the colony and on the edge of a cliff, as the dairy-blue sea broke against the jagged golden rocks, she found a new god. Unlike the other gods of Home, this one had no name. It was native to the new world, worshipless, alone.

Photo by Mira Nedyalkova

A handful of water gods:

The Mesopotamian Adapa, or Uanna, often depicted as a merman. Adapa was one of the Apkallu, hybrid beings sent from Dilmun -- "the place where the sun rises" -- to teach us poor humans all the arts of civilization.

The Greek Poseidon had about 3,000 sons and daughters, if I remember correctly. One of them was Aeolus -- someone coined the phrase "aeolic energy" to honor this illustrious gentleman. He gave Odysseus a bag containing all the winds save the west. A bag containing all the winds... Huh.

Abzu and Tiamat mixed their waters before the world began. Their offspring turned on them; Tiamat, goddess of the ocean, not unlike the Titan Oceanus, was overthrown by Marduk, her grandson. Tiamat's body became the Earth and firmament.

The Celtic Boann, goddess of the river Boyne in Ireland, had an affair with the supreme Dagda, who owned two magic pigs: one forever growing, another roasting forever. I have no idea what he did with the first one.
The two gods conceived a son, which was kind of inconvenient because they were both married. To other people, that is.
So The Dagda compelled the sun to stay still during nine months -- that way, Boann carried her baby to term in the space of a single day. Now we know where Steve Niles got the idea for 30 Days of Night.

The Egyptian Neith, mother of Ra, earned one of the most unsettling epithets I can think of: Nurse of Crocodiles. She personified the waters of creation.


Photo by Mira Nedyalkova

If mythology gets you going, check out Theoi Greek Mythology and Encyclopedia Mythica
For elegant retellings of world myths, I recommend Bullfinch's Mythology.
Looking for something off the beaten path? You might enjoy The Gnosis Archive or Avesta.

But dig deeper if you will.

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