First of all, I want to thank all of you that actually answered me and told me you liked what I wrote. So, I won’t stop. You can also make “wishes” and tell me what you’d like me to write about. I really don’t mind any theme, so give your best shot.
Also, the reason of me writing this very very interesting theme is a quote I read a few days ago. It was very inspirational, and I couldn’t ignore it: Every woman is a totem of her culture. The female, was troughout history the one ornamented and worshipped.
What is so interesting about the woman? To answer this, we need to go inside the early European’s head (and probably further). A woman, just like the earth, is fertile and beautiful, she gives and takes and that is her nature. She is mistical and highly respected. Viewed as a life-giver and the left hand of earth.
Now, let’s talk about this Slavic goddess-style. Many (and i mean many) Slavic goddeses have and still are questionable in the pantheon. This is not because the Slavs didn’t have goddeses, this is because of the male-base of “mythology” and christianity. You might ask what does christianity have with mythology and the old religions anyway. Christianity wrote all of this down (sadly, Slavic sources were either destroyed or never existed) and due to the christian male-base, it only focused on male Gods. By this I mean, Christianity finds the woman so unpure, it doesn’t even want it inside of a foreign religion.
Still, we do have quite a few sources talking about Goddesses. Which Goddeses are these? Moist Mother Earth, Mokoš, Lada, Vesna, Devana, Morana and Živa and many many others not listed anywhere.
These beauties are exactly what a woman is like: Moist Mother Earth is fertile and life giving, Mokoš is the caring mother, Lada and Vesna are spring and summer and Devana is the forest maiden that hides in every one of us. When we become old, there is Morana, sometimes badly described as “old hag”.These Goddesses show the circle of a womans life, just like everything else in Slavic mythology. They are so very important in our understanding of our ancestors and I have no idea who would ever want to exclude them from the pantheon. If you need explanations, please message me, don’t go around telling “No source, no source”- Open the links I put in earlier in the text and you’ll see there are sources in them.
However, the bottom line is that every beautiful female is a Goddes in her culture. She might be a maiden, she might be a mother or even a ganmom, she will always have a Goddess to represent her.
-raises hand- I have a question!
Are there any known goddesses in the Slavic pantheon that represent women who are not able to have children, don’t want to have children, or are outside of that maiden-mother-old woman grouping?
There are a number of people who like the idea of various religions, but have problems accepting that this particular cycle is the only thing represented in the pantheons. It would be nice to have more information on that, if you can find the time to write something out.
This is exactly why I listed Devana. She is the maiden of the forest, she lives with the moon and is beautiful. She doesn’t have kids, she’s alone and loves herself like this.
I find her particulary interesting because I don’t really plan to have kids either and she is highly tied to Veles and the forest. (my affirmations)
Also, there is Morana, she is betrayed by Jarilo (her soon to be husband) and she kills him, never having anyone else: this means no kids and even though she could have someone else, she doesn’t. She becomes old alone.
So, there is the broken hearted girl and the girl that doesn’t need a man. :D
(bolding is mine)
These are perfect examples. Thank you so very much for pointing to them directly!
Nothing to thank me for. Feel free to ask whatever you dont understand again. ;)
Okay yeah, Loki no.
In other, lighter, more quick news, I’ve been feeling a definite draw to the ocean lately. Not sure if it’s to do with any particular Gods or Goddesses *cough* Ran *cough*, but I’m gonna try to take a trip at least to a large body of water connected to the ocean if I can’t get to the ocean itself.
Once there I’ll try to do some meditating, swimming, see if any ideas come to me or any calls to me are made.