Sunday, February 24, 2008

HAPPY Goddesses

Too many goddesses to shake a stick at, sweeties! Let’s look at the happy ones today:

Euphrosyne (Greek goddess). Goddess of Joy and one of the three graces. She is the happy smiling one, bubbling over with laughter.

Hotei (Japanese Shinto-goddess). Hotei is a Japanese god of happiness, laughter and the wisdom of contentment.

Iambe (Greek goddess). In Greek mythology, Iambe was an old woman who made Demeter smile or laugh when the latter was mourning the loss of her daughter, Persephone. She was a daughter of Echo and Pan. She was the first priestess of Demeter.

Uzume (Japanese goddess). Japanese god of Laughter and Merriment
And last but not least by any means, the totally scatalogical Goddess Baubo:

Baubo (Greek goddess). Baubo appears in the story of Demeter & Persephone. Demeter was very sad at the abduction of Perspephone, and wandered the land in mourning, fury and despair. She would not let anything grow and the other gods were becoming desperate. Then Baubo appears: she has pendulous breasts with eyes for nipples, and she speaks from her vulva. Baubo swings herself onto the well by which Demeter sits grieving, and begins to tell Demeter rude jokes with her fanny. Demeter eventually starts laughing and they both sit and laugh, and from that moment on, Demeter allows living things to grow again.
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Anne Johnson said...

We at "The Gods Are Bored" salute these fabulous deities, long may they reign!

Morgaine said...

Great post! We don't hear nearly enough about the merry Goddesses - people connect the concept of religion with somberness far too much. I'm totally in love with the name Uzume now!