The figurine above has bothered me because it doesn’t emphasize the hole, but I believe there may be an indirect reference to the hole. What looks like hair—is really a skirt and I believe it’s in the image of a pregnant woman—which is where the indirect reference to the hole comes in.
Imagine lying on the floor with a pregnant woman before you. What might you se above the skirt? Boobies would be my guess. The figurines headdress may be boobs. Painting a face on pregnant woman’s belly seems an appropriate jest, but that headdress may be another joke.
Baubo is linguistically similar to the biblical city of Babel, which means gateway to god. The natural gateway to this world is through the hole which rests between a woman’s legs, which may be referred to as Baubo’s gateway into this world. I’ve called Baubo, a portal goddess for this very reason. Yes, Baubo is a humorous deity, but her true purpose serves creation. Human creation.
I wrote the first book in the series, after the second and I failed to see the importance o Baubo, at first, so the second book in the series doesn’t use her, which is unfortunate. Maybe my humor can draw a smile from such a goddess, though.