The Wave Maidens  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IN NORSE MYTHOLOGY, THE "WAVE MAIDENS" ARE THE NINE DAUGHTERS OF THE "RAN" AND "AEGIR", THE GOD AND GODDESS OF THE SEA. THEIR NAMES ARE POETIC TERMS FOR THE MANY DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OCEAN WAVES:

* "DROFN (" FOAM FLECK)"
* "BL'oDUGHADDA (THE ONE WITH BLOOD-RED HAIR THE COLOR OF THE WAVES AFTER A NAVAL BATTLE)"
* "BYLGJA (TO BILLOW, OR BIG WAVE)"
* "DUFA (THE PITCHING WAVE)"
* "HEFRING (THE SURGING WAVE)"
* "HIMINGLAEVA (THE WAVE THAT REFLECTS THE LIGHT OF THE SKY, TRANSPARENCY OF WATER)"
* "HRONN (THE WELLING WAVE)"
* "KOLGA (THE COOL WAVE)"
* "UNN (THE FROTHING, WAVE)"

THE SAILORS ARE ALL EAGER TO ESTABLISH A GOOD RAPPORT WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL MAIDENS OF THE OCEANS BECAUSE, IT IS SAID THAT IF THEY SUCCEED, THEY CAN BE ASSURED A SAFE AND UNEVENTFUL VOYAGE WITH THESE POWERFUL GODDESSES PROTECTING AND GUIDING THEM. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THE SAILORS FAIL TO GAIN THEIR APPROVAL, THEY CAN EXPECT GALE WINDS AND A RAGING TEMPEST THAT WILL MOST LIKELY CAUSE THEIR DEATH AT SEA. AND WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT THESE LOVELY GODDESSES PREFER FUN AND POSITIVE WORKINGS, BE ASSURED THAT THEY WILL NOT HESITATE TO SET UPON THEIR ENEMIES WITH ALL THE FURY THE SEAS CAN POSSESS.

THE WAVE MAIDENS ARE THE MOTHERS OF THE GOD, "HEIMDALL," AND THE LOVERS OF "ODIN. "ACCORDING TO THE TALE, IN THE COURSE OF A WALK ALONG THE SHORELINE, ODIN BEHELD THE NINE BEAUTIFUL WAVE MAIDENS AS THE SLEPT ON THE WHITE SAND. AND HE MARRIED ALL NINE OF THEM AT ONCE. IN TIME, THEY SIMULTANEOUSLY GAVE BIRTH TO HEIMDALL, THE WHITE GOD WHO STOOD GUARD OVER THE ENTRANCE OF THE FORTRESS OF THE GODS.

NINE WAVE MAIDENS LYRICS


"NINE WAVE MAIDENS"

"GIANT BEAUTIES"

"SOUNDLY ASLEEP ON MIDGARD SANDS"

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"SOMEONE IS WALKING"

"HUNGRY EYES GAZING"

"THE GUARD OF THE SKY BEHOLDING THEIR PRIDE"

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"CALLING THE WAVES"

"PLAYING IN THE SHALLOWS"

"WHAT WILL THEY WANT"

"A SEAFARER'S HEART"

"COME RAIN, COME SHINE"

"THE PATIENCE NEVER BREAKING"

"OH HOW THEY BLIND A TRAVELER'S HEART"

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"ATLA, SINDUR, EGIA, ULFRUN"

"NEVER PROFOUND"

"NEVER ALONE"

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"HEIMDALL BORN WAS HE OF MOTHER'S NINE"

"HEIMDALL SON IS HE OF SISTERS NINE"

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"CALLING THE WAVES"

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"PLAYING IN THE SHALLOWS"

"WHAT WILL THEY WANT"

"A SEAFARER'S HEART"

"COME RAIN, COME SHINE"

"THE PATIENCE UNBREAKABLE"

"OH HOW THEY BLIND A TRAVELER'S EYE"

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"CALLING NINE WAVES"

"SINGING IN THE SHADOWS"

"WHAT ELSE DO THEY HAUNT THAN A LONELY MAN'S HEART"

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Goddess Siduri Sabitu  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"SIDURI" IS THE BABYLONIAN GODDESS OF IMMORTALITY AND WISDOM. SHE GUARDS THE ENTRANCE TO THE GARDEN OF THE GODS, ENSURING NO MORTALS ENTERS THE FORBIDDEN PARADISE. SHE DISTRIBUTES THE WINE OF IMMORTALITY TO THE DIVINE AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SACRED WATERS OF THE SEA.

SHE LIVES IN A TAVERN ON THE SHORE OF THE SEA, BEYOND WHICH IS THE "LAND OF LIFE". ALSO CALLED SIDURI SABITU OR THE INN-KEEPER, SHE IS REFERRED TO IN THE "THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH "AS "THE REFRESHER" OR "THE GIRL WHOSE DRINKS REFRESH THE SOUL." SHE ADVISES GILGAMESH TO GIVE UP HIS QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY IN THE WAKE OF THE DEATH OF HIS COMPANION, ENKIDU. ON FIRST SEEING HIM COMING TOWARDS HER TAVERN, SIDURI BARRED THE DOOR TO GILGAMESH, BECAUSE OF HIS UNKEMPT APPEARANCE. WHEN HE TOLD HER HIS IDENTITY AND OF HIS TRAVELS TO FIND THE IMMORTAL HUMAN UTNAPISHTIM, SHE INVITED HIM IN AND SHARED HER WISDOM:

"YOU SHALL NOT FIND THE LIFE YOU SEEK,"FOR AT THE CREATION OF MANKIND"THE GODS ALLOTTED DEATH TO MEN."THEY RETAINED LIFE IN THEIR OWN HANDS."GILGAMESH, LET YOUR BELLY BE FULL,"MAKE YOU MERRY BY DAY AND BY NIGHT."MAKE EVERYDAY A DAY OF FEASTING AND OF REJOICING"DANCE AND PLAY, BY DAY, BY NIGHT,"LET YOUR CLOTHES BE SPARKLING AND FRESH"WASH YOUR HAIR"BATHE YOUR BODY"ATTEND TO THE BABE WHO HOLDS YOU BY THE HAND"TAKE YOUR WIFE AND LET HER REJOICE IN YOU."FOR THIS IS THE LOT OF MANKIND TO ENJOY BUT IMMORTAL LIFE IS NOT FOR MEN. FROM THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH, TABLET X"

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