Goddess Ayisyt  

Posted by Stella Clark

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AMONG THE "YAKUTS", IT IS THE GODDESS OF BIRTH, "AYISYT," WHO BESTOWS FERTILITY ON WOMEN AND WATCHES OVER THEIR CHILDREN. SHE IS THE GENTLE "CREATRIX "GODDESS WHO CAUSES WOMEN TO CONCEIVE, PROTECTS THEM DURING CHILDBIRTH, AND PROVIDES THE NEWBORNS WITH THE LIFE FORCE. IT IS SAID THAT SHE APPEARS BEFORE A PREGNANT WOMAN SEVEN DAYS BEFORE CHILDBIRTH AND FLIES AWAY THREE DAYS AFTER IT. SHE IS DEPICTED AS A WHITE-HAIRED OLD WOMAN WHO SITS BY THE "TREE OF LIFE" AT THE CREST OF THE CENTRAL WORLD MOUNTAIN. ALL-KNOWING, SHE NOT ONLY GIVES NEWLY BORN PEOPLE THEIR LIVES, BUT ALSO DETERMINES THE FATE OF ALL PEOPLE AND EQUIPS THEM WITH THE POTENTIAL TO DO BOTH GOOD AND EVIL.

IN MANY PRAYERS SHE IS REFERRED TO AS "MILK LAKE MOTHER" IN REFERENCE TO THE DIVINE LAKE WHICH SUPPOSEDLY EXISTS BESIDE THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. AN ENDLESS STREAM OF FOAMY MOISTURE FLOWS FROM THE "TREE" TO THE HOLY "EARTH", FORMING A LAKE OF PURE MILK. ITS LIFE FORCE CAUSES GROWTH, GIVES STRENGTH TO THE WEAK, AND HEALS THE SICK.

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