They also brought to life mythological stories of Mother Goddesses
Ganga, Parvati, Kali and Durga.
This tradition is associated with power, miracles and ancient mother goddesses
. But it has also been (http://www.utsa.edu/ovations/vol8/story/black-madonna.html) subjected to whitewashing and used (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=owIguCPwFwQC&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=black+madonna+racism&source=bl&ots=TW0NAUb0Uv&sig=XFyWSRzSkc6dU1jWS4Y0AcAl3Ls&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrn8DO9I7VAhUsJ8AKHZnjAmcQ6AEIYjAO#v=onepage&q=black%2520madonna%2520racism&f=false) as a tool to perpetuate racism.
These antiquities, he said, included unique sculptures of Buddhist era, clay utensils, guns of British era, oil lamps, jewellery boxes, Mother Goddesses
sculptures, Lantern, handwritten Holy Quran scripts and many others.
But in the fourth century BC, during the invasion and occupation, Samis occupied the world of mother goddesses
and gradually the myths were shifted towards male gender.
This tradition origin dates back to the time of ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals to honour the mother goddesses
Rhea and Cybele.
Because of this the text is organised by fifteen major themes: creation, the pantheons, the supreme being, mother goddesses
, the world of the gods, the sun, moon and stars, the gods in love, weather gods, the rainbow, messengers of the gods, tricksters, the underworld, demons and 'other supernatural beings' that are not gods which include personifications of natural phenomena (rivers, trees etc), mankind itself (body parts and human attributes such as death, dreams or self-sacrifice), gifts from the gods (love, music etc), animals, symbolic substances (gold, salt, honey), heroes (including miraculous births and monstrous foes), and quests, journeys and epics.
Indian society has always had a special place for mothers and has accorded them with the highest honor and respect - stories of Shakti, Kali, Lakshmi and a whole pantheon of mother goddesses
have been passed down through generations.
"Among the Goddesses" is a blend of epic poem and Libretto, as Annie Finch tells the story of Marie and Lily as they experience all the tragedy and triumph that comes with womanhood, looking to the mother goddesses
that predate Christianity for guidance in the most trying of times.
The number of spirits is not fixed; generally, however, there are nine hierarchical ranks of spirits containing four non-indigenous spirits 'imported' from China, four Mother Goddesses
, one Holy Father with his three royal Damsels and a Young Boy, 10 Mandarins, 12 Dames, 10 Princes, 12 Damsels, 10 or 12 Boy-Attendants and two animal spirits.
The Eight Mother Goddesses
(Ashtamatrika) are worshipped everywhere around the Kathmandu valley as manifestations of Devi, the Goddess, the city of Bhaktapur can be neatly divided into nine sectors corresponding to the Eight Mother Goddesses
plus a ninth, central goddess, that are situated at Power-Places around its perimeter (cf.
Rajkumar (some of which appear in this selection), the references to the regional folk religion require not simply an understanding of the various names of the mother goddesses
he lists but an easy sense of comfort within the folk culture described--rather like wearing a cotton sari as if it is part of one's skin and not a costume.
Both artists, pointed out Prof Bird, were interested in "mother goddesses
", such as the Egyptian sky goddess, Nut.