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Chekechani

January 1st, 2010 by sabrina

star-of-heavenChekechani is the Anyanja Goddess of the morning star. The Anyanja people of Malawi say that she is one of the wives of the moon God—his other wife, Puikani, is the Goddess of the evening star (although sources disagree over which is the morning star and which is the evening star). The moon God lives with Chekechani for two weeks, during which time she neglects to feed him and he wastes away to nothing. When he goes to live with Puikani for the following two weeks, she feeds him very well and he grows back to his full self.

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Atai

October 13th, 2009 by sabrina

star-of-heavenAtai is the Efik Goddess of creation and death. The Efik of Nigeria say that Atai and her husband Abassi, God of creation and the sky, created the first man and woman. Abassi wanted to keep them in the sky with him so that he could better control them, fearing that they would become stronger or wiser than him. Atai convinced him to let them settle on the earth, under the conditions that they would not work or mate. Abassi agreed, and the man and woman went to live on the earth. Each day, they returned to the heavens to eat with Abassi so he could check up on them.

Eventually, the woman discovered that she could grow food for her and the man by herself, and began to work in the fields. After the man had joined her in the field, they also discovered sex and began to have children. When Abassi called them to come and eat, they would not come and Abassi turned on Atai and blamed her for convincing him to let them go. Atai told Abassi that she would resolve the situation, and she sent death and discord to the earth. The first man and woman died immediately, and their children were doomed to have discord walk among them for all their days, until they too died.

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Eveningstar

September 20th, 2009 by sabrina

star-of-heavenEveningstar is the Wakaranga Goddess of animal life. She is the sister of Morningstar, Goddess of plant life, who had been sent to earth to be the wife of the only man who had been created, Moon. Morningstar was only allowed to stay with Moon for two years, and after she returned to the heavens, Moon was very lonely. The Creator promised to send him a new wife, Eveningstar, but warned Moon that if he accepted, he would only live for another two years. Moon was so lonely that he agreed, and Eveningstar came to him. After they made love, Eveningstar gave birth to cows, sheep, and other farm animals. After the second time they made love, she birthed the birds of the sky and the animals of the plains, such as antelope. After the third time, she gave birth to human children.

At this point, the Creator told Moon that he should not sleep with Eveningstar again, but Moon ignored him. This time, Eveningstar gave birth to lions, snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals. This scared Moon into leaving Eveningstar alone, and he turned his attentions to the daughters they had, who had grown into beautiful women. Eveningstar became jealous, and sent one of her snakes to bite Moon. Moon grew sick, and soon the land grew sick as well and the people were faced with famine. Blaming their suffering on Moon, they killed him and threw his body into the ocean. Moon’s body rose out of the ocean and traveled to the heavens, where he continues to search for his first love, Morningstar.

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Morningstar

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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Dugbo

April 7th, 2009 by sabrina

dugboDugbo is the Kono Goddess of the earth. The Kono of Sierra Leone believe that she is the wife of Yataa, God of the earth. It is Dugbo’s responsibility to ensure the fertility of the earth and the abundance of plants. In turn, the people are responsible for keeping Dugbo happy by living good and honest lives, honoring the earth in all that they do.

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Mademoiselle Charlotte

March 19th, 2009 by sabrina

I’m back! Life has been a little crazy in Casa Sabrina lately, and regular posting is one of the first things that I let slip. Life is no less crazy now (and is going to get worse over the next few months—DH has a new job in a different city so we’ll be moving if we can manage to sell our house!) but I’m going to make the time to get back to my Goddesses. Kelli at Dancing Goddess Dolls invited me to put up a widget with my latest post on her new Dancing Goddess forum. Of course, that means that I have to post! (And if you don’t know about Dancing Goddess Dolls, follow one of those links—the first one is to the main site, where you can see Kelli’s dolls, embroidery, and beautiful art cards; the second one is the new forum, where we can get together and talk about Goddesses!)

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Mademoiselle Charlotte is the Vodoun Goddess of white women. Her appearance is that of a Caucasian woman of western European descent and she speaks French. Mademoiselle Charlotte is a late Vodoun Goddess, appearing in the pantheon only after African people were brought as slaves to Haiti and other Caribbean islands. She represents the white women settlers, and she is very particular in her likes and dislikes. Mademoiselle Charlotte is fond of sweet beverages, especially if they are pink, and she appears only rarely in Vodoun rituals, as her whims dictate.

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Usiququmadevu

January 28th, 2009 by sabrina

While researching today’s Goddess, I found a commentary that suggested that myths of “the swallowing monster,” which occur in many areas, are allegories for nature—night swallows day and then spits it back out at dawn, winter swallows summer, etc. I guess that makes sense. What do you think?

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Usiququmadevu is the Zulu Goddess of destruction. She is an ugly, bearded, humpbacked monster who eats people. She lives in the Ilulange river. In the Zulu myths, her first victim is a maiden named Untombinde, who is the chief’s daughter. Untombinde and some other girls went to the bathe in the Ilulange, even though they had been warned that nothing ever returned from the river. While they were bathing, Usiququmadevu took their clothes. Each girl asked for her clothes back and Usiququmadevu gave them back, until it was Untombinde’s turn. She refused to deal with the monster, who dragged her into the river and ate her.

When the other girls reported what had happened, the chief sent warriors to bring back Usiququmadevu, but she ate them all before they could attack her. She then moved on to the village, where she ate all the people, the dogs, and the cattle. The chief had escaped, and he vowed to find Usiququmadevu and kill her. As he searched, he met groups of animals, each of whom told him to keep going. When he at last found her, Usiququmadevu pretended to be one of the animals and also told him to go on, but the chief recognized her and stabbed her in her hump. As she died, all the people, the cattle and the dogs, and lastly Untombinde came out of her mouth unharmed.

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Tahbi-yiri

January 9th, 2009 by sabrina

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Tahbi-yiri is the Fante Goddess of the sea. She lives in a rock near Cape Coast in Ghana, just to the west of the rock where her husband, Tahbi, lives. Tahbi-yiri has the form of a mermaid and white skin with “a woolly head” (one nineteenth century writer’s term for natural Black African hair), while her husband has a human form and black skin. Both of them cause sailors and swimmers near their rocks to drown. Tahbi-yiri’s name means “Tahbi’s wife.”

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Tenga

December 15th, 2008 by sabrina

Tenga is the Mossi Goddess of the earth. The Mossi people of West Africa believe that Tenga is not only responsible for the fertility of the land, but also for social order. She receives this authority from the dead who are buried in her womb. Tenga is most often worshipped near old trees or springs, which both have roots deep within the earth. When a transgression has been committed, especially one which has caused blood to be shed on the earth, she must be appeased by sacrifice or she will withhold fertility from the land. Tenga’s name, which means “earth,” is also seen as Napagha Tenga.

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Watamaraka

November 24th, 2008 by sabrina

Watamaraka is the Zulu Goddess of evil. She once placed a curse on the Goddess Marimba so that none of her husbands would live longer than three months after marrying her. Watamaraka lives in the Land of Darkness and mated with Burumatara, a beast resembling a cross between a bull and a crocodile but as large as an elephant, to produce all of the demons. When she is called to the Temple of Evil, a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder precede her appearance. Watamaraka is described as being bronze or golden in appearance.

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