October 21st, 2009 by sabrina

sateneSatene is the Seram Goddess of the Underworld. The Seram people of Indonesia say that she was born from an unripe banana. When another Goddess, Hainuwele, was killed as a witch, the man who found her body, Ameta, took her arms to Satene. She created a spiral gate on the dancing ground where Hainuwele had been killed and stood in the center of it. Satene told the people that she was leaving the world and they would have to pass through the gate to see her again. The gate became the doorway to the Underworld, and those who were able to pass through when they died were reborn as people. Those who were unable to pass through were instead reincarnated as animals or remained on earth as spirits. When people did pass through, Satene would hit them with Hainuwele’s arms, and those who passed to her left formed one tribe, and those who passed to her right formed another. Satene’s name, which means “judgment,” is also seen as Mulua Satene.

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2 responses about “Satene”

  1. Carapace said:

    I am in love with your blog. Back in my youth,I drew Goddess art myself; I hope you won’t mind if I use your wonderful research as inspiration to get back to my devotions! I love the way you’re focusing on Dark Divas right now. They’re fascinating, and get the best origin stories-unripe banana indeed!

  2. sabrina said:

    By all means! I’m glad that you’ve found inspiration here. I have always been more crafty than artistic, so I use public domain images and “dress them up” for my art cards. Every time I try my hand at drawing or painting, I realize that some talents you have to be born with. I have plenty of talents–drawing and painting are, unfortunately, not among them.