August 27th, 2009 by sabrina

star-of-heavenMorningstar is the Wakaranga Goddess of plant life. When the Creator first created the earth, he created one man, Moon, and sent him to live on the earth. Moon was lonely, because there was no other life on the earth, so the Creator sent him Morningstar to be his wife for two years. Morningstar brought fire with her to the earth, and shared it with Moon. After they made love, Morningstar gave birth to all of the plants of the earth–grasses, trees, flowers, vines, and shrubs. The trees grew so high that they touched the sky and caused the clouds to release their rain for the first time. Morningstar and Moon lived happily for their two years together, until it was time for Morningstar to return to the heavens. Moon missed her so much, that the Creator sent him a new wife, Eveningstar, Goddess of animal life.

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2 responses about “Morningstar”

  1. Clare K. R. Miller said:

    Just out of curiosity, why do you give the English translations of the names? Is there perhaps no written Wakaranga language? I’ve never heard of them before, so I wouldn’t know!

  2. sabrina said:

    Truthfully, that’s the only way I’ve seen them so far. I would love to put the original name if I could find it, and then just give “morning star” as the meaning, but in this case I’m stuck with English accounts of the original myths.

    I’ve noticed this particularly with African Goddesses. Some examples that I have in my database are Mother of Food, Crocodile Woman, and [tribe name] First Woman. The myths were probably written down my missionaries who didn’t bother to record the original name.

    Thanks for reading, and commenting! It’s always nice to know there’s someone out there!