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Gloranthan Folk Tales
Rufelza, Our Red Goddess
is the current manifestation of
the primal Lunar Goddess
Sedenya, Goddess of Cycles
source of all cyclical powers
Sedenya is also called the Mediator, the Turner,
and the Great Sacrifice. Though she was destroyed in mythic times,
her subsequent resurrections have brought liberation to humankind
and all the universe. Invisible for millennia, she is now known to
all through the Seven Forms of the Lunar Goddess.
The Virgin Goddess
|Verithurusa is the Goddess of Innocence.
At creation, she was a pure planetary deity in the Perfect Sky of
Godtime. Encouraged to be herself, Verithurusa expressed her inner
nature and offended the gods of old. She is the protector of children,
and the Lunar initiation rites are her most active form of worship.
The Queen of Heaven
|Lesilla is the Woman Goddess; she
is vehicle of the Life Force, the Bearer of Life, and She Who Dies
For Us. She once ruled the kingdom of Mernita, and was given the
choice of dying herself, or of all her people dying instead. She
sacrificed herself, and was pulled from the sky. Since that time
she has lived among womankind as one of them, teaching mortals the
secret of her Spiral Path.
The Suffering Woman
|Gerra is the Goddess of Grief and
Sorrow. Once a great and powerful goddess, she was degraded and
defamed and brought low by the ruling deities. They say she insisted
upon unspeakable things, but we know she demanded only her rights.
Thus although she was innocent, she was hurt and tortured. Her holy
places in old Carmania are gruesome sacrificial pyramids where initiates
mutilate themselves. Although many initiates die every year, many
more volunteer and often come from hundreds of miles away to suffer
and die there. Gerra is called Our Mother the Shadow.
The Great Teacher
The Changing Deity, Goddess of the Seventh Self,
Liberator, and Goddess of Illumination, Rashorana took many forms,
and had many strange powers which she did not use, for she had
no interest in either the mortal or the divine realms. Such restraint
was one Teaching of this deity, the First Mystic. Rashorana's
secret power opens beings to the Mystical World: we call this
"Illumination". As Rashorana was troublesome to the unchanging
world, she was often assailed by her foes. As Atarks, it was castrated.
As Jernotius, he was turned to stone. As Osentalka, he was made
incomplete by the Incompletes. As Nysalor, he was dismembered
and cast about. Yet despite this, she is always there to be found,
to those who can bear to seek her within their deepest selves.
|Orogeria is the Great Huntress, Lady
of the Wild, and Keeper of Life and Death. She has taught people
how to hunt and to survive in times of trouble. She was very active
and widely recognised in many ages, especially in the pre-civilised
Wendarian days, and also in the Great Darkness. When the Manimati
hunters stalked the Spectral Woods it was Orogeria, the Arir Huntress,
who led them. After her Illumination she took her wisdom to the
skies when she was the planet Ulurda. Most of her modern worshippers
are the hunters and huntresses from the forests and hills of Arir
and Darsen, in western Peloria. The Red Hunters, however, are powerful
Natha is the Goddess of Balance, both of Blessing
and of Nemesis, thus an active manifestation of the revolving
power of change. Natha has used her powers to bring life or death,
light or darkness, good or evil into the world, as was necessary
to maintain the work of Creation. This was not the result of some
plot or plan - it was Balance. She has been recognised and feared
for a long time, and has received propitiatory sacrifices and
dire invocations from Carmania and Dara Happa for many ages.
She Who Comes
|Zaytenera is hailed by her devotees
as the goddess of compassion and knowledge, often called the Great
Mind. Zaytenera is the experience of Knowing All, a state which
may be realised only when a being exercises compassion. Thus Compassion
is, or brings, or is the result of, Consciousness. Zaytenera is
the goddess of Universal Consciousness and of the peace which that
condition brings. Because this condition has not yet arrived, she
is also called "She Who Comes." She is the divine spirit of union
with the Cosmic All, the reconciliation between the mortal, divine
and mystical worlds. Zaytenera worship includes mystical practices
to reach the Eternal Moment through transcendental meditation and
abnegation of the self.
This is an extract from The Lunar Pantheon, an
article by Greg Stafford, Nick Brooke and Sandy Petersen, published in
the Rough Guide to Glamour.
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