Mythological Girls: Kali

Kali is a Hindu goddess, whose name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Kal’, which means time. She like all other female deities, is believed to be an incarnation of Parvati. Parvati was both the original wife of Shiva and the ‘Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. While representing the fearful aspects of a motherly figure, Kali is also believed to hold connections to death and warfare. She’s predominantly worshipped in Eastern and Southern India; specifically, in Kashmir, Bengal and areas of Kerala. While she does represent the fearful aspects of a motherly figure, some of the elements of her...

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Mythological Girls: Papatūānuku

Papatūānuku, also known as ‘Papa’ is both the deity and personification of the land in Māori mythology. She was believed to have been born into the darkness which is known as Te Pō, and was locked in an embrace with her husband Ranginui, also known as Rangi, who was the deity of the sky. While they were in this embrace, they bore several children who eventually grew frustrated at living in Te Pō. Their son Tū; the deity of war proposed that they should kill their parents in order to bring the light into the universe, a being known as Te Ao Mārama. However, this suggestion was dismissed by...

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Mythological Girls: Nereids

The Nereids were a collection of fifty sea nymphs who were the daughters of Doris and Nereus, the old man of the sea. They originated in Greek mythology, however migrated to later Roman mythology like most Greek figures. The Nereids were seen as the protectors of sailors and fisherman, who would come to the aid of those in distress in the water. They appear in the Argonautica as helping the Argonauts through their search for the Golden Fleece. Each nymph was said to have represented a different aspect of the ocean. These aspects include the sea foam, the sand and the waves. All fifty nymphs...

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Mythological Girls: Yemaja

Yemaja, also known as Yemoja, depending on the traditions of the local area, is the deity of the Yoruban people found in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The Yoruba people are one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria and as of the beginning of the 21st century, were made up of 20 million people. They are predominantly found in Nigeria, particularly in the south western area. Smaller, scattered groups can be found in both Benin and Togo. Yemaja is believed to be the daughter of the earth goddess Odudua, as well as being the sister-wife of Aganju. Their child was Orunjan, the deity of the...

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Mythological Girls: Saint Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, also known as Mary of Magdala, was one of Jesus’s most famed disciples. She features in each of the four texts included in the Christian New Testament. She has caused much conflict in Christianity, with certain denominations disputing her relationship to Jesus as well as her existence. The unchallenged facts about her life are predominantly found in the Gospels of Luke and Mark. These introduce her as a benefactor of Jesus’s healing, after a visit to him to cure her of a physical disorder. Mary was said to have gone on to witness 2 of the central Christian figure’s most...

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Mythological Girls: Lady of Linshui

The ‘Lady of Linshui’ was born as the Shaman Chen Jinggu in either 766 or 904 CE, depending on the source. The 8th century date seems much more realistic as temples were said to have been erected in the late 700s in her honour. Her popularity led to her being declared the deity ‘Lady of Linshui’ in the 13th century. Prior to her conception, the goddess Guanyin was said to have appeared to the people of a district near Quanzhou after pleas had been sent to her to build a bridge over a dangerous river. She told the crowd that she would marry anyone who could throw a coin that reached her,...

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Mythological Girls: Isis

Isis was a central deity of ancient Egypt whose influence has outlived the ancient Egyptian kingdom. She bears the name that is the Greek equivalent of the Egyptian word for ‘throne’. Isis was the daughter of the earth god Geb and Nut, the goddess of the sky. As well as being the sister of Set, she was also the sister-wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus, the falcon deity. Isis first appeared during the 5th dynasty which dates to approximately 2465 BCE, however her prominence rose following her mention in the later Pyramid Texts. The stories of Isis led to her being viewed in the ancient...

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Mythological Girls: The Amazons

The Amazons were a race of female warriors in Greek mythology who were believed to have inhabited an island made up of exclusively women. These Amazonians were one of the most powerful female images to have come from ancient Greek culture and mythology. They personified the idea of female independence and women have total control over their own lives. These warrior women were said to have spurned men except in order to reproduce. In this circumstance, they would undergo a yearly mating ritual with men who were usually residing on a nearby island. Any daughters that resulted from this union...

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The Kushite Queens

The Kingdom of Kush was located in ancient Nubia. This area is now known as southern Egypt and northern Sudan and was called ‘Ethiopia’ during the Classical period. While there is evidence of Nubian civilisations dating to 8000 BCE, the main archaeological evidence dates them to 3500 BCE. During the periods known as the Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdoms; the Nubian empire rivalled the Egyptian power. During the Second Intermediate Period, they temporarily took control of Lower Egypt. However, they were driven back by the Egyptian 18th Dynasty at the start of the New Kingdom. When the New...

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Mythological Girls: Inanna

Inanna was an early Babylonian deity representing love and war, who arose from the city of Uruk in southern Babylonia. She was also later affiliated with the northern Babylonian equivalent Ishtar. As there are differing elements and stories associated with both, it is important to keep Inanna as a separate deity. Babylonian mythology is extremely similar to later Greek mythology, as Inanna closely resembles Zeus as the major deity in the Babylonian Pantheon. Her husband was the shepherd deity Dumuzi, who prior to their courtship was a mortal. He later rose to prominence as a chthonic deity...

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