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Goddesses from Africa
I am Oshun, Orisha of Love and Beauty, She who gives power to all other Orishas.
Through me, you may Divine the Sweetness of Life.
In West Africa along the Niger River, from what is now Mali down to Nigeria, there are pockets of a matriarchal religious society called the Geledé, and one of their honored deities is Musso Koroni. Like Lilith, she was a First Woman so displeased with her First Man mate that she left him, preferring to make her own way in the world. Patriarchal versions of her story make her out to be a mischief maker, but we enlightened women of contemporary times understand that those cautionary tales only exist as smear campaigns to "keep us in our place." Musso Koroni joins the ranks of other powerful, self-sovereign Goddesses who teach us to reclaim our birthright. The Geledé's focus is on how female power influences soil fertility, procreation, and community welfare, and celebrates the wisdom of mothers and elderly women. Musso Koroni is at home with them!
Hathor, Egyptian Mother Goddess of Love and Beauty
Hathor is linked with many attributes, including love and motherhood, as well as joy, fertility, the sky, and the underworld. She can handle it all! :) Her dress is dusted with gold and adorned with the Egyptian hieroglyph for "moon"
Mami Wata, Water Spirit, Healer, Protector
I am Hatshepsut Maatkare, Pharaoh and Queen of Egypt. I also call myself the Goddess Maatkare, which means "Truth is the Soul of the Sun God." It was I who revived the cults of the Mothers during my reign, and despite a fierce campaign to erase my name from history, my monuments stand even today as a testament to women's strength and power.
From Zimbabwe, Mella is lucky to have a name which means "Courageous Daughter." What a wonderful menarche gift this would be, or just a gift to celebrate the woman in your life who knows how to express herself. Mella wears a pink dress adorned with an African symbol meaning "Be Young," has outrageous pink hair, and a nice blue sodalite necklace.
Neith, Virgin Mother Goddess of War and Weaving (Egypt)
Tanit, Star Goddess, Great Matron of Carthage. Because Carthage was destroyed by Romans during the Punic Wars, much of Tanit's heritage has been lost, but we do know that she shared attributes with Juno, Astarte, Asherah, Lucina, Aphrodite, Demeter, Artemis, and Monica Sjöö called her "The African Persephone." Clearly, Tanit made an impact on many cultures, and deserves to remembered as a Great One.
Akhet, Egyptian Goddess of the Seasons
In the land of ancient Egypt, the seasons were all-important, the people's lives intricately tied to the turning of the year. The first and most important of the seasons, the time of Inundation, was named for Akhet. From July through November (roughly), the Nile would flood, bringing rich new soil for farming. Akhet was also associated with the horizon, and more specifically, where the sun sets on the horizon. I found the dichotomy of her symbolism (waxing fertility, waning day) particulary intriguing and felt it a good match for an Autumn Equinox doll.
I gave her the dark skin of fertile soil, but the yellow hair of the sun, and her fabric is sunset-colored leaves on a background of fertile green. The result, if I may so, is pretty spunky. :D
This is Ma'at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Balance. She is most well known for her role as the "Weigher of Souls" - she would weigh the heart of the dead against a single feather and determine whether or not the dearly departed one was worthy of an afterlife in paradise. In my fabric depiction, you see an embroidery of Ma'at Herself superimposed upon her sacred feather and a delicate image of her scale. She also 'carries' an ankh, seen best in the closeup photo of her face.
A whole pyramid of Egyptian deities!