The Mother of Hurricanes

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.

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Baubo, The Trickstarian Portal Goddess

Baubo, first and foremost, represents a portal into this world–the vulva. Portal 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.

Flesh-Eating Maenads

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
Author WolfgangRieger

The Caribbean Baubo

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
Author Tainosyciboneyes

If an ancient fertility cult operated in the contemporary world

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
Source http://bp3.blogger.com/_mgyYTW2w19c/Rv0AhyRdE8I/AAAAAAAAA_Q/D0S94e8k8lI/s1600-h/mata11zi.jpg

Restoring the spirit of the withering vine

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:

Artist Caesar Boetius van Everdingen (c. 1616/17 – 1678)
Born in Alkmaar. Dead in Alkmaar.
Details of artist on Google Art Project
Title Bacchus on a Throne − Nymphs Offering Bacchus Wine and Fruit wikidata:Q28839242
Object type Painting
Date 1658/after 1670
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 1,620 mm (63.78 in). Width: 1,800 mm (70.87 in).
Current location
Museum Kunstpalast Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q461277
Accession number Inv. no. M 25
Object history Acquired 1934 with funds from Stiftung Gustav Poensgen 1884 and Stiftung Dr. Franz Schoenfeld 1911
Notes More info at museum site
Source/Photographer gQHsoEHQC5RzWQ at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level

The Cursed Descendants of Atreus

The Dune series began by Frank Herbert continues by his son, but that’s not the only familial pass down — the curse on the House of Atreus passes along, too. Are we all marked with the mark of Cain or does humanity suffer from a curse brought upon by another murder — the curse brought about by Tantalus when he chopped up his son, Pelops, and served him to the gods (Abraham, from the Old Testament, almost did the same thing, but that story came out different). I don’t know why the curse rides upon the Atreus name and not his grandfather. Tantalus, but I do know Frank Herbert built his House Atreides.upon the foundation set by the House of Atreus.

Romeo and Juliet obviously suffer from this same curse, but the curse also resides outside of fiction. I base my novels upon the love-hate wedding dance of my ancestors the massacre of the Huguenots by Catholics and the Native American wars in Florida — involve ancestors from each group. My ancestry is unique, in regards to Florida, but everyone descends ancestral feuds and the curse that apparently starts the fire.

The Limpkin of Geb

Limpkin1

The limpkin limbs, and so does Geb (the lame-legged Egyptian god); thus, the limpkin and the God are kin. Mythology and Florida play a large role in my novels; the limpkin enjoys the sunny climes of Florida. Limpkins are a New World bird so you won’t find this bird on the ‘official symbol of Geb’ list, but I stand by my ‘limp’ link. My third novel will feature a guy linked to Geb, so I’ll probably consider using the limpkin, somewhere.

Description: Limpkin
Aramus guarauna From anglophon wikipedia
Date    15 July 2006 (original upload date)
Source    No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims).
Author    No machine-readable author provided. Svtiste~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims).

The Star-Crossed Starry Night

invertedGeb_and_Nut

Nut is the starry night, as shown; her father Shu (center) separates her from the lame-legged earth god, Geb (the green dude near the bottom). My next novel will feature a Geb-like character and I’ll probably play around with the star-crossed theme. I don’t write romance novels, but I may add a Rom-Com element to my story. My series is based on the rival factions in my own ancestry and the many Romeo-Juliet relationships that led to my birth.

The image came from Wikimedia, (credits below) but I modified it to show Nut as a starry night.

Description: Caption of picture in book reads: “The God Seb supporting Nut on Heaven”. Date 1904
Source The Gods of the Egyptians Vol. II, colour plate facing page 96
Author E. A. Wallis Budge (1857-1937)

The Ba of Bastet

Bastet.

Bastet obviously has the identity of a pussy cat and the Egyptian concept of Ba is what physically quantifies the identity of a person or religious deity; therefore, the pussy is the Ba of this particular female goddess. I find humor in this pussy related fact that survives today in the comic book character Catwoman — the pussy and women are forever intertwined.

Baubo’s Ba is the lewder version of a pussy. The concept of Ba is often compared to the concept of a soul, but the Egyptians didn’t believe in immaterial things so you need a physical representation of the individual’s identity. The pussy is a result of the XX chromosome and one X away from a perfect joke, but it’s safe to say that the pussy makes a woman uniquely different from a man. Identifying the type of pussy better quantifies the Ba because the Ba is what makes each person of deity — unique. DNA and the Ba compare favorably to one another.

Image from Wikimedia with the following credits:

Description:
English: Bastet, the Goddess of Cat in Ancient Egypt
Date 26 January 2012
Source Own work
Author Gunkarta