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Finished painting this: my tribute to the glowing and illustrious green-haired goddess ♥ ‘twas much fun…I want to develop this sort of style more in the future.

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I look like a mermaid who left the sea for her jolly sailor bold when she was young and naive but he disappeared and now she works as a barmaid at the local tavern in a seaside fishing town and all the men fall at her feet but she refuses them and occasionally seduces some arrogant fuckboys into a back alley and devours him because a mermaid is still a mermaid without the tail and when the townspeople realise she doesn’t age and they don’t know where she comes from they blame her for the disappearences of the men and shun her as a witch so she goes back the sea and continues seducing and drowning sailors who try to capture her.

“It is interesting to note that what is considered evil in the Christian mythosphere is very often associated with fertility rites in the Hindu mythosphere. What is considered holy in the Christian mythosphere is associated with monasticism in the Hindu mythosphere. For example:

  • The white clothes that represent virginity and purity in the Christian mythosphere are associated with spirituality and otherworldliness in the Hindu mythosphere; are restricted to monks, priests, and widows; and do not form part of household rituals.
  • The goat, the symbol of virility that is sacrificed to the Hindu Goddess, is the symbol of the devil in the biblical worldview.
  • The yoginis of Hinduism, who are handmaidens of the Goddess and are wild erotic creatures, recall the witches’ coven of the Christian mythosphere.
  • The pentagram is the symbol of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth, and Shukra, guru of demons, and is associated with Venus, wealth, fertility, creativity, and erotic power in Hindu astrology, but is considered the mark of the devil in Christianity.
  • Kali, the manifestation of the Hindu Goddess who personifies nature’s wildness and its impersonal life-giving sexual processes and life-taking violent processes, is often described in Western literature as the “dark drinker of blood" and is associated with witchcraft.
  • The serpent, which is associated with earth’s fertility and occult wisdom in Hinduism, is considered a manifestation of the devil in biblical traditions.

These differences may have arisen because sexuality is considered a by-product of original sin in Christianity, while in Hinduism sex is an essential component of nature that needs to be disciplined by culture.”

– Devdutt Pattanaik, Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

Goddess of the Day: August 28

Ngame - African Goddess of the Soul.  The tribes of Ghana see Ngame as a moon deity, and believe She created the celestial planets. She gave humans souls by shooting lunar rays into them at birth with a bow and arrow.  Girls who were thought to be blessed with Ngame’s mystical powers were raised as royalty, and became the ruling queen and priestess of the tribe.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide. Art by Annelie Solis)