Drifting on the Nightsea

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Jennifer Steier

Like my piece "Nightfall",  "Drifting on the Nightsea" depicts another Goddess, the Celestial "Earthmother" drifting across the forever ocean of the nightsky... Although one might find many stories of the Earthmother if you were to travel across the widely spread peoples of our world... this particular image got its inspiration, and pays homage to the Native peoples of the Americas, specifically the Iroquois people and one of their origin stories, which speaks of how a pregnant Sky Woman fell through a hole under the tree of life, and into the water world below.  The sea birds living there saw her falling and caught her, saving her from drowning, but they could not return her to the sky, so they asked one of their brethryn, a great sea turtle to rise to the surface, so the woman might live on his back safely, and her family threw down soil and seeds for her to plant on the great turtle's back, ensuring her survival, and thus the Earth came to be in the water world where only wind and water had been before...  In the case of my piece, the subject matter plays out a little differently, The Woman on the turtles back has become the Earthmother, heavy with her child, Earth, and the waterworld, has become the starry void of the heavens, but essentially the same story is told... Enjoy!

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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