Goddess Nerrivik  

Posted by Stella Clark

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IN GREENLAND SHE IS CALLED THE "MOTHER OF THE SEA", "BUT TO THE "ESKIMOS" SHE IS SIMPLY "NERRIVIK", THE ESKIMO GODDESS OF SEA, AND MOTHER OF ALL SEA CREATURES; THEY CALL HER THE "OLD WOMAN OF THE SEA." IN HER HOUSE AT THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA, SHE DWELLS, GUARDED BY A TERRIBLE DOG. SHE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE. SHE RULES OVER ALL SEA CREATURES AND THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED BEYOND THE VEIL OF LIFE, INCLUDING HUMANS. HER IMAGE BEARS COMPARISON TO INUIT ACCOUNTS OF THE GODDESS "SEDNA". SHE WAS CALLED "FOOD DISH" REFERRING TO HER ASPECT OF PROVIDER AND NOURISHER.

THE POLAR INUIT CONCEIVED OF "NERRIVIK" AS A GIANT WOMAN WHO DID NOT ALWAYS LIVE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. ONCE SHE WAS A MORTAL WOMAN WHO LIVED UPON THE LAND, BUT HER FATHER CHOPPED OF HER HANDS AND SHE DROWNED. GAME ANIMALS BECAME SCARCE WHENEVER SHE WOULD CONFINE THEM TO A WATER BASIN IN HER HOUSE, AND SHAMANS WOULD THEN JOURNEY DOWN TO HER AND COMB HER LONG HAIR TO RELEASE THE BOUNTIFUL FISH AND SEA CREATURES WHO HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT IN HER LONG LOCKS.

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Celtic Goddess Arduinna  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"ARDUINNA "IS THE CELTIC "GODDESS" OF THE MOON, FORESTS AND THE WILD WOODS. SHE RULES OVER THE WOODLANDS AND THE ANIMALS. SHE PROTECTS HUMAN HUNTERS AND WILD BOARS, MAINTAINING A SACRED BALANCE BETWEEN THEM. SHE IS THE PRESIDING divinity over the forest of "Ardennes", once a heavily forested region. "Arduinna "rides naked through the forests on a boar, extracting a fine of money for every animal killed in Her wood. In addition, Her people were expected to bring Her sacrificial animals on feast days.

WHEN THE ROMANS CAME TO GAUL, THEY ASSOCIATED HER WITH "DIANA," ANOTHER FOREST GODDESS. THE "ARDENNES" WAS A LONG PAGAN STRONGHOLD, BUT EVENTUALLY, "ARDWINNA WAS ENTREATED AS A WOOD SPIRIT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ANNUAL BOAR HUNT EVEN AFTER THE COMING OF CHRISTIANITY.

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