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Solar deity part 2 and other ramblings

So yesterday I decided to start thinking about a Yahgahn solar deity. I got thinking, instead, about the Duenicallo and the religion of theirs that was most popular prior to Yahgahn. As a result, I started writing out deities, info, and stories about the Duenicallo religion of Gosgolot, and how Gosgolot practitioners basically just absorbed Yahgahn into their faith. And how Gosgolot then fed back into Yahgahn. This is good because I've known for a long time that Shao'Kehn started out as a Duenicallo deity and was adopted by Yahgahn. Now, so was Ahndahn. In Gosgolot, they are Djao'HKein (the HK is like clearing your throat) and Ĩandyn (ee-yawn-dine; the tilde over the I turns the I into an ee'y).

Anyway, one of the deities of Gosgolot is Pofoshiintus [Poh foh sheen toose], a solar deity. Since deities borrowed by Yahgahn change subtly in pronunciation/spelling, I think the Yahgahn version will be Pahfahshiintah. Alternate pronunciation, “Pahfahshentah.” I have an interesting history for Pofoshiintus, but I'll have to come up with something different for his Yahgahn counterpart, because certain aspects of the deities change between the two of them. For one thing, Shao'Kehn is a much more important deity in Gosgolot, being the closest equivalent to a Creator that a religion which regards Creation as a whole to have had no beginning and to have no end, can have. (It's complicated.)

But yeah, gonna have to change the story of Pofoshiintus for his Yahgahn counterpart, because in Gosgolot, Pofoshiintus basically forges the planets and comets and stuff from the bones of his dead relatives, eats the flesh of said (naturally deceased, not murdered) relatives, and then shits, pisses, and farts on Traipah to give it life. (Which is similar in spirit to the Yahgahn thing wherein Moiulainas Taybahliss creates the universe by masturbating herself to orgasm.) Whereas in Yahgahn, life on Traipah was the result of Grah'Bahn bloodletting herself on the planet.

Still, I might come up with a suitably ironic dark story for his Yahgahn counterpart.

For Gosgolot, I'm borrowing a few ideas from Asatru, as well. I was impressed with a list of their virtues I ran across the other day and will probably base Gosgolot virtues on that. And two deities bear slight resemblances to deities in Asatru. TishpithiHKar resembles Loki a little, and Lohorom resembles Baldur a little. But only a little. See for yourself:

TishpithiHKar [tish pith ih HKar] – Trickster deity. There are many stories about TishpithiHKar, in which he is shown to embody some, many, or all of the traits undesirable to Duenicallo, then through the actions of his opposite, Lohorom, learns his lesson and is redeemed. Other stories have him taking other deities down a few pegs, or teaching valuable lessons to others. The basic gist of his history is that throughout the virtue tales, his bad traits were fixed, he was redeemed, and became a force for good. Still a tricky little bugger, though.

Lohorom – Deity of virtue. Opposite of TishpithiHKar. Also formerly mortal; in the last story in which TishpithiHKar is bad, Tish thinks Lohorom is being arrogant. Trying to take him down a peg, his plan accidentally kills Lohorom. TishpithiHKar, weeping, begs leniency and forgiveness from the higher ups and from Lohorom's spirit. Lohorom is so virtuous he is made a god. His first act as a god is to forgive TishpithiHKar and take the trickster under his wing, to try to put his clever, tricky mind to good use.

So I may end up adopting some of the deities I'm coming up with for Gosgolot, too.

Oh, I also want to mention something else. I had an idea a few months ago that I'm incorporating here, which there were already hints at before anyway. Something that is a bit weird by Western standards. The idea was that something may be creepy, horrifying, and disgusting in one context but beautiful in another context.

I shall clarify. In Duenicallo culture—or Gosgolot culture, anyway—they honor their dead by skinning the body, making a fur from that skin, eating the corpse's meat in a ritualistic way, and then turning the bones into tools or art, meant to be precious heirlooms. It's how they honor their dead, via ingestion of what they can ingest, and making the rest into something beautiful and/or useful.

I already knew that some Duenicallo eat their dead, but the idea for the fullness of the idea came from watching American Horror Story season 2, and the first season of Hannibal. It struck me that the horrifying habit of some serial killers to turn bits of their victims into lampshades or whatever, or eating the meat, was rightfully horrifying and evil in THAT context, because the victims are just stuff to those serial killers. But in another context, taking the body of someone who died naturally or whatever, and making something from it that will hopefully last for a very long time and be passed down through the generations as an heirloom, essentially becoming a sacred object, was – in that context – beautiful.

I admit, other things influenced the idea as well. Like, I don't play Pokemon but I've been on Tumblr long enough to know all kinds of odd little facts from it, and there's one Pokemon who wears the skull of its dead mother as a kind of battle helmet, and one of her other bones as a club. Then, some human cultures eat their dead to honor them. And there were possibly other influences I cannot recall right now.

Oooh! I had another thought: maybe some sort of art form where a large object is made from bones from dead relatives, and the object is added to over the centuries, like a totem pole made of bones or somesuch. Bears more thinking about.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1154499.html
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