Goddess Thalassa  

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"THALASSA" IS THE GREEK GODDESS OF THE SEA, THE PRIMORDIAL ESSENCE OF THE OCEAN; HER NAME MEANS 'SEA'. SHE IS THE MOTHER OF ALL FISH AND SEA MAMMALS, AND HER BODY AND HER WOMB ARE THE VAST SEA ITSELF. SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF HEMERA (GODDESS OF THE DAY) AND AETHER (GOD OF LIGHT), TWO OF THE FIRST BEING THAT WERE CREATED. IN SOME OF THE OLDER GREEK TALES, SHE, ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, PONTOS (GOD OF THE SEA) IS THE MOTHER OF THE MONSTERS KNOWN AS THE TELCHINES...SEA DEMONS WITH THE HEAD OF A DOG AND FLIPPERS AS THEIR HANDS.

SHE IS A MUCH MORE PRIMITIVE AND INHUMAN POWER THAN THE OTHER SEA GODDESSES WE KNOW..AND WHILE MANY OF THE SEA DEITIES WERE VERY SOCIAL IN THEIR CHAOS, THALASSA WAS FAR MORE ISOLATED; SHE WAS A VAST, LONELY SEA. HENCE, SHE IS KNOWN AS THE GODDESS OF THE LONELY SHORES. SHE IS THE MOTHER OF US ALL.

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Goddess Annapoorna  

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"IN HINDUISM, THE GODDESS ANNAPOORNA" (ANNAPUMA) IS THE GODDESS OF FOOD AND HARVEST AND IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONE WHO FILLS THE STOMACHS OF THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY; SYMBOLICALLY, SHE IS THE ASPECT OF MOTHER NATURE THAT NOURISHES ALL LIVING BEINGS. "ANNA MEANS FOOD; "PUMA MEANS NOURISHING. SHE IS ENDOWED WITH THE POWERS TO SUPPLY FOOD IN LIMITLESS FORM. LEGEND HAS IT THAT SHIVA MADE AN AGREEMENT WITH ANNAPOORNA THAT SHE LOOK AFTER LIFE BEFORE DEATH AND ENSURE THAT NO ONE GOES HUNGRY. SOME BELIEVE SHE IS THE INCARNATION OF PARVATI.

SHE IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE. THUS, SHE IS IMMENSELY POPULAR IN THE VILLAGES WHERE SPECIAL IN SOUTH INDIA THERE ARE SEPARATE SHRINES DEDICATED TO THIS DEITY OF FOOD AND HARVEST, AND THE IDOL OF GODDESS ANNAPUMA IS ALWAYS SHOWN WITH A BOWL WHICH IS ALWAYS FILLED WITH GRAIN, REPRESENTING THE BOUNTIFUL FOOD SHE HAS TO OFFER HER CHILDREN. PUJAS AND RITUALS ARE CONDUCTED, AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN RECITE A PRAYER TO HER EVERY DAY.

THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSLATION OF A HINDU PRAYER TO THE GODDESS ANNAPOORNA.

"AGAIN AND AGAIN, I SALUTE YOU, MOTHER, AGAIN AND AGAIN,"

"HE WHO THINKS OF YOU OH GODDESS, WHERE IS NEED FOR REST FOR HIM,"

"TAKE THE NAME OF ANNAPURNA AND ALL YOUR JOBS WILL BE DONE,"

"TILL THE DELUGE, FROM TIME OF BIRTH AND FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME"

"WOULD COMPOSE THE MUSIC OF GODS AND WHERE IS KRISHNA, WHERE IS RAMA,"

"YOUR FEET ARE KISSED BY THE FOUR HANDED LORD BRAHMA,"

"AND THE PRETTY BLACK GOD WHO HOLDS THE HOLY WHEEL,"

"THE GREAT GOD WHO WEARS THE MOON IS GETTING HIS BRIGHTNESS BY SALUTING YOU,"

"OH GODDESS, IN BAD STRAITS, THE DEVAS ARE GATHERING YOUR MERCY BY PRAYING TO YOU,"

"FOR YOUR TEMPLE IS NOTHING BUT THE GREAT PERSONIFICATION OF YOUR DEVOTEES,"

"SHE IS THE ONLY ATTENTION, SHE IS THE ONLY KNOWLEDGE,"

"HER JOB IS TO MAKE THIS KALI AGE BLOSSOM LIKE LOTUS,"

"OH GODDESS, WHO IS LIKE LIGHT, PLEASE GIVE ME THE LIGHT OF PEACE AND MAKE ME WITHOUT WORK."

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Gibil  

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Gibil in Sumerian mythology is the god of fire, variously of the son of An and Ki, An and Shala or of Ishkur and Shala. He later developed into the Akkadian god Gerra. In some versions of the En^uma Elis Gibil is said to maintain the sharp point of weapons, have broad wisdom, and that his mind is "so vast that all the gods, all of them, cannot fathom it". Some versions state Gibil, as lord of the fire and the forge, also possesses wisdom of metallurgy.

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