September 6th, 2009 by sabrina
Ot is the Mongolian Goddess of fire and the home. Traditionally, the Mongolian people lived in yurts which had a hearth at their center, and it was in this hearth that Ot resided, protecting the inhabitants of the home as long as they obeyed her customs. At each meal, an offering of oil or wine was made to Ot, increasing her fire. Several things would anger the Goddess and cause her to withdraw her favor from the family, such as putting something into the fire that would cause a foul smell as it burned and pointing a weapon at the fire. The worst transgression was pouring water on the fire, as this threatened to drive the Goddess from the home permanently. Ot’s name, which means “fire,” is also seen as Ut.
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