If you’ve ever eaten a pomegranate you know they have bunches of seeds and the pomegranate is a symbol of Persephone. Demeter the mother of Persephone would also fit. Maize/corn goddesses in the America fall into this category for the same reason. Chicomecōātl for the Aztecs. Cherokees have Selu. Iyatiku is the corn goddess of the Keresan Puebloes. Flowers, fruits, and various types of vegetation come from seeds, but I doubt any would rank higher than the types above,
Language is flexible, so fruit doesn’t always mean a ‘sweet treat to eat.’ One phrase(an idiom), fruits of labor means rewards we receive for work done. Translate fruit into Greek and you arrive a karpos. Our vocabulary often comes from the gods, the word chlorophyll comes from the Chloris, the Greek goddess and karpos came from the Karpoi, Greek deities who brought forth the fruit of the earth which may or may-not be actual fruit. Minerals such as iron are fruit of the earth. The Kabeiroi(the Cabeiri) are craftsmen deities(iron-workers) who shape the fruits of the earth. the similarity between Karpoi and Kabeiroi comes from flexible vocabulary. Mythical Little People often slip in and create mischief or objects then slip back out without being seen. Santa’s elves are creator deities.
Mythology is a confusing mess, so it’s fitting that the most ancient of myths contains a foundation decree, known as the Mes–a mess without an ‘s’. The cult, in my novels, is the Cabeiri and a dwarf is their leader. The Cabeiri of Greece are similar to the Phoenician Patakoi, who are related to the Egyptian Ptah–and all fall into the category of mythical Little People.
Bosporus is where Io from Greek mythology crossed after she was transformed into a cow; thus, Bosporus is the Cowford (cow passage) of Istanbul. Jacksonville, Florida, was once named Cowford because this was where cattlemen crossed the St. Johns River. I make allusions in my novels and in the second book this allusion makes an appearance. People may not be able to figure out what I’m alluding to, so I wrote this post. In the tale, Zeus hides Io from Hera by transforming the girl into a cow, but Hera knows and sends Argus, a giant with 100 eyes to keep Zeus from making a booty-call, so Zeus sends Hermes to distract the watchful giant, but Hera sees all and sends a gadfly to pester Io; thus, Io runs away and crosses Bosporus and arrives at Mt. Caucasus where Prometheus is chained up; the Titan tells her she will be transformed back and give birth to greatest of all heroes; in the end Zeus finally gets his booty-call and Io gives birth to Hercules.
Argus, who was slain by Hermes, is not forgotten; Hera commemorates his 100 eyes through the peacock’s tail.
Catholics named Florida, but the name originates with Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and the flowers who decorate her season. Pagan gods are forever threaded into language, so Christianity and other religions can’t separate from more ancient days. Juan Ponce de León named the land, he came to, La Florida because he landed in the season of Pascua Florida (“Flowery Easter”). The abundance of flora gave further reason for the name.
Flora has another tie to Florida–Flora Disney, Walt’s mother. This tidbit of trivia is alluded to in my second novel. I created a character named Flora Holder, an ancestor of the male main characters of my novels. The last name, Holder, comes from my ancestry, but I used Flora as a first name to commemorate the goddess. My Native American ancestry comes from the Holder side of my family, so I Flora Holder is my goddess.
Guabancex (also known as Gua Ban Ceh) is the mother of Juracán(the personification of a hurricane) from which hurricanes get their name; this comes from Taino mythology. Guabancex was a daughter or a manifestation of Atabey, the fertility goddess
I likely descend from Timucuans, as does my main character, but Timucuan mythology is generally lost, so I may borrow from the Taino. My third novel may have the main character descended from a priestess and the goddess maybe called Abowo, a version of Atabey and the mother of hurricanes.
Atabey’s symbology is much like Heqet, the Egyptian fertility goddess who is symbolized as a frog. Heqet is a goddess of midwives, as is the Greek goddess, Baubo–who is my goddess of most interest. Heqet is considered the source of the Greek goddess, Hecate, who also links to Baubo. My fictional goddess will probably be triple formed like Hecate, but likely a triple headed totem pole. Baubo wore a face on her belly which is like a totem pole. I should divide my fictional goddess into three manifestations; thus three names. Bowoa and Woboa may be the other names of Abowo, an each will govern a portion of a year. Abowo would represent–before hurricane season, Bowoa would represent–during hurricane season, and Woboa would be after.
This post describes how I created a mother of hurricanes for my third novel, who also acts as fertility goddess. The third book will probably have my main character, doodling visions of her dream–the totem pole. A v-shaped face on top would represent Abowo(Atabey) and the fertility season, starting on Valentine’s Day, which I chose because my family of Native American farmers chose that day to plant, and the Romans celebrated the Lupercus, a wolfen fertility deity, in mid-February. The middle figure, on the fictional totem pole, is the round-faced mother of hurricanes and of course would represent hurricane season. The third face would be rectangular and represent the reaping season.
In creation my fictional mythology, I will mix Taino with what little is known about Timucuan mythology. The French Huguenot, Jacques LeMoyne, states the Florida natives used stag antlers in their celebration of the sun.
A hurricane deity was likely worshiped, by my ancestors, and birdman from the Southern Death Cult was likely worshiped. These two deities would be lovers. The Native American birdman is equivalent to Egypt’s Ra and Horus because all are sun deities represented by falcons. Owls will represent my mother of hurricanes because the Hontoon owl totem is one of the best artifacts recovered. I’m ignoring the fact that the owl totem was Mayacan rather than Timucuan because equating the mother of hurricanes to the owl symbolized Hecate is convenient. So a frog and an owl can represent two faces on the totem pole and I need another creature to symbolize the goddess; which, leads me to a panther. Egypt’s cat deities, Bastet and Sekhmet. Bastet is wed to Ra and Sekhmet is married to Ptah, a dwarf god. If you study my blog–dwarfs and I link Ptah to the Cabeiri and the Karpoi.
Mythology is confusing, so the mother of hurricanes is Guabancex who is considered a manifestation of Atabey. Baubo can also be called a manifestation of Hecate. With great difficulty, I add my fictional mythology and I hope I write this in a understandable manner because I will need this post to keep track of my thinking.
Baubo, first and foremost, represents a portal into this world–the vulva. Portals are aspects of trickster deities, the rabbit is a mythological trickster due to the rabbit hole–the portal into another world; such as the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. In Greek mythology, Baubo jests with Demeter by pulling Iacchus through the portal, hidden underneath her skirt. The humor associated with tricksters doesn’t distinguish a deity as a deity–the portal is what makes a trickster a trickster. The Coyote’s den makes the coyote a Native American trickster deity. Fox’s, another type of trickster, use a foxhole to escape. In mythology of the Americas, ravens and crows transverse through metaphysical worlds; thereby, marking these birds as tricksters.
All tricksters have a liminal (boundary crossing) aspect. Baubo is the goddess of mirth, but mirth doesn’t make the trickster–the proverbial rabbit hole does the true trick.
Maenads were the orgiastic followers of Dionysus. The wild women tore various forms of wildlife apart and one unlucky man (Pentheus). Plausibility exists within this myth because crazy people can show crazy amounts of strength and cannibalistic tendencies. Wine by itself does not provoke this effect, but a combination of factors may do the trick.
My novel entails a drug frenzy, but never strictly follows this myth. I may consider Maenad-like characters for the next book. Donna Tartt uses Maenad mythology in her novel, The Secret History, but I’m surprised by the lack of use in film. Wikipedia lists a few films on their page for The Bacchae.
Images from Wikimedia:
Description: Maenads A detail view of two Maenad figures, part of the Rites of Dionysus, an installation sculpture by Tim Shaw, within the Hot,Dry Biome.
Date: 27 March 2006
Source: From geograph.org.uk
Author: Phil Williams
Camera location: 50° 21′ 38.61″ N, 4° 44′ 34.61″ W
Description: Pentheus being torn by maenads. Roman fresco from the northern wall of the triclinium in the Casa dei Vettii (VI 15,1) in Pompeii.
Deutsch: Pentheus wird von Mänaden zerrissen. Römisches Fresko von der Nordwand des Tricliniums in der Casa dei Vettii (VI 15,1) in Pompeji.
Date 13 March 2009
Source Marisa Ranieri Panetta (ed.): Pompeji. Geschichte, Kunst und Leben in der versunkenen Stadt. Belser, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-7630-2266-X, p. 366
The Caribbean natives, the Tainos, worshiped a fertility deity known as Atabey. This deity shares a couple of attributes with Baubo, though the deities differ. Baubo corresponds to the vulva and Atabey shares the exposure. Theoretically, my Native American ancestors may be kin to the Taino because the Florida natives likely had links with Taino in Cuba. My novel features Baubo-loving fertility cult and I may use Atabey in the next book. It can’t be proven, but the Florida natives may have worshiped a similar deity of Atabey.
The image comes from Wikipedia and has the following credits:
Description English: Reproduction of petroglyph of Atabey, found in the Ceremonial park of Caguana. Puerto Rico.
Date 12 December 2011
Source Own work
My fictional fertility cult worships Baubo; a deity associated with Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, During the procession to Eleusis, people shouted obscenities in honor to Baubo/Iambe. Baubo cracked dirty jokes and made an obscene gesture to cheer up Demeter after Hades stole Persephone away. From this information, you can assume a contemporary cult would sexually extroverted. My cult intertwines with the adult entertainment industry, and I consider this a likely occurrence.
I often call my cult a Mata Hari cult, because they will use their sexuality for espionage and to manipulate events. The image above features Mata Hari, in her veils of exotic dance.
Description: Mata Hari, Paris, Museum Guimet
Date 13 March 1905
A description of fertility rites, in Wikipedia, caught my eye because restoring the spirit of the withering vine sounds extremely euphemistic and sums up the purpose of a fertility cult, rather well. I’m assuming Bacchus, in the image above, awaits the second round of fun.
Image from Wikimedia with the following credits: