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

Prancing Around The Flower Prince

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Fertility gods share similar dancers. Attis has the Galli and the Cabeiri.(Corybantes). Xochipilli doesn’t castrate, but he’s known for having male homosexual dancing around him. Bacchus and Dionysus have an entourage of beautiful women and beastly gents dancing around them. I used the term Prince instead of god because such gods often have youthful aspects. Sky gods rule; fertility gods normally find something else to do.

I show the Parabiago plate, again, because it shows three Corybantes dancing around Attis and Cybele.

Simplifying Fertility Mythology

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Why did I put a goat face on Attis –because he is the hapless hero who got reaped. The mountain goddess oysters and sausage, back in the bad old days. They took it all off, so Attis has to sing soprano in the Castrati chorus for the rest of his mythical life.

Goddesses  presided over the sowing, nursing, and the reaping of crops. The Harvest festival is often the biggest shindig and you can see on the Cabeiri dance on the Parabiago plate above. The Cabeiri used their shields as percussion instruments and were known for their drunken orgies. Pity the poor boy who had to play the portray, Attis, at the harvest festival, I’m sure he was the butt of many jokes.

Attis, the god, had a sprig; which grew back, but humans males are not so lucky. The myth says the sight of the great goddess drove Attis insane and he performed his own castration. He was also supposed to wed and bed the king;s daughter, at the time of the castration. Maybe it wasn’t the sight of the goddess; which, drove him to do such a thing – but the sight of the Princess.

An Ideal Fertility Goddess

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Check out her chest, those are symbols of mammals. Yes, this is the future of women after our male, mad scientists finish their work on DNA. Males have a diabolical plot to keep women out of the sciences for just this purpose

This is, in reality, a cropped and modified version of Diana of Ephesus as Allegory of Nature by Joseph Werner. Diana or Artemis is the goddess of hunting, the wilderness, and wild animals. But I see more than breasts, on her chest.

I changed her to yellow to match the common image of corn, but I could have used pomegranate red to represent the seeds. Mythology links menstruation cycles with the moon and nature. I compared  “Old Woman Who Never Dies” of Native American mythology to the Triple goddess, described by Robert Graves, because she never dies either – she just cycles in and out of the underworld. Goddesses, worshiped by farmers, presided over sowing, nursing, and reaping.

The image came from Wikimedia:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joseph_Werner_-_Diana_of_Ephesus_as_allegory_of_Nature_-_ca._1680.jpg

Current location: Art Institute of Chicago

Source/Photographer: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/129769

Striptease For Trees-us

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Odin (top left) and Jesus (bottom right) have similarities. The World Tree of the Norse (Yggdrasil) and Genesis’s Tree of Knowledge parallel. Nature deities often have descent into the underworld stories with eventual return which may come as resurrection or a new birth. I used A Naiad (upper right), by John William Waterhouse because the nymph’s abduction of Hylas has similarities to when Demeter lured Iasion but with a better available image. The Inanna and Dumuzi myth and many others sound much the same. I just wonder if Jesus had stronger parallels to nature deities before Catholicism became nature hating. Islam also went the nature hating route to add a bit more dessert to their lands.

Adamites represented Christianity long before Constantine created Catholicism. A return to Eden philosophy existed among the Adamites and a couple of other Christian groups. Did Jesus walk around in a loincloth or nothing at all? Was Jesus a nature freak, a shepherd of the earth similar to King David and Noah? Are we to protect flora and fauna?

I have some disagreements with PETA, but I think they have close to the right idea. Using their tactics on all ecology issues and creating active debate about what best serves the world seems like a good idea to me. I’m sure many religious folk will hate the idea of a Treesus, but many may agree with the principle. Nude females often represent nature. I’m sure many can see the message in Ernest Board’s Nature Cast Out (lower left).

I’m still trying to refine my message about nature in my work of fiction, but I’m hoping this post and my last can help clarify my views. An occasional nude or near nude ballet doing the Rite Of Spring or other nature based ballets might breathe life into botanical gardens. Can’t we have classy showings of skin?

Images come from Wikimedia and more info on the upper left and lower right is below:

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Stripping For Treesus

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Jesus has some similarity to the fertility gods of old. The Pilgrims wondered in what ways the master manipulators changed the story. Muslims saw the same thing. Emperor Constantine tried to bring the pagan religions into the fold of the first Christians and changed much about the original model that people called Jesus Christ. Before the printing press, Popes could change the bible as they chose. Martin Luther said enough is enough and the first bedrock bibles came into existence to mirror stability of the Muslim Quran. Those who read Joseph Campbell, the researcher of the man’s myths, must see my point. Did Constantine and the Popes shape Jesus into the fertility deity mold or did they scrape away nature?

I see the good in nature and those who believe in Genesis must see God saw his creation as good? Could man understand things like element, molecules, and evolution? No most men are idiots and those idiots think of God as a magic man rather than a superior intellect. In this post, I’m more concerned with the divine stripper in early fertility myths. Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Venus, and others make up the divine stripper archetype. Salome means “Peace,” but she gets cast in the vile vixen role. Mary Magdalene takes the divine stripper role when Jesus cleanses her of “seven demons” which parallels the seven veils of Ishtar – Inanna – Astarte.

I show you three striptease artists of Florida film. Gypsy Rose Lee had a role in Wind Across The Everglades. You can see by the poster that the film makes use of archetypes. Demi Moore starred in Striptease, based on Carl Hiaasen’s novel by the same name. Doris Wishman starred a striptease artist in, Blaze Starr Goes Nudist. Sexy is a superpower that can be used for the common good. I gave Paris Hilton in that Golden Ass of hers, in my last post, for other than crass reasons. Yes, she used her head to make money; can’t she use some sexy for another cause.

Hiaasen often if not always features sexy women in a nature cause. I hack my way between Hiaasen, Neil Gaiman, Tim Dorsey, and James Joyce. I’m a hack, but I’m trying not to be.