15 September, 2013

What's a religion without fables?


While working on my novel, I came across a particular scene that needed to be reworked for the better, and one idea I had was to change the setting, putting it within a covenstead of Göttinesche, the capital of Kaiserreich. Since I wanted something to happen in the background while Fredderick and his mother converse, I started writing short myths that could be used for the scene, and possibly future works. Anyway, here's one that I wrote, featuring their story of creation:


The world of Uncertain Heirs has four major religions -- Taylism, Arthurism and its spin-off Soursism, and Questism -- which all venerate the Goddess. Out of the four, Questism is the only monotheistic religion, and that is because it does not recognize Her Consort. The one thing they do agree upon, however, is the story of their creation . . .



In the time Before, there was only Mother. And when Mother saw there was Nothingness, She laboured, and created Sun. And when Sun illuminated all that was, Mother saw all that wasn't. And when Mother saw what wasn't, She laboured, and created Earth. And when Earth began to spin, She saw how empty it was. And when She saw how empty Earth was, She laboured, and created the great beasts. And when the great beasts thrived, She saw what could still be. And when Mother saw what could still be, She laboured, and created Anna in Her image.

Then Mother and Anna, who was made in Her image, walked upon Earth, and saw its vastness. And when Mother saw Earth's vastness, She laboured, and created Moon. And when Mother created Moon, She made Her Kingdom upon it, that She might watch over Earth's vastness. And when Mother made Her Kingdom upon Moon, She left Anna upon Earth. And when Anna was left upon Earth, she wept, and became lonely. And when Mother saw how lonely Anna was, She commanded Bear to lie with Anna that she might labour, and create life.

And it was that Anna, who was made in Her image, lay with Bear. And when Anna lay with Bear, she laboured, and created life. And when Anna created life, she begot Sofia, who was called Woman, and Luka, who was called Man.

And Sofia, made in the image of her mother, made in the image of Mother, walked with Bear, but Luka could not. And Sofia talked with Bear, but Luka could not. And Sofia sympathized with Bear, but Luka could not.

And when Anna, who was made in Her image, saw what Luka could not do, she pleaded with Mother that he might walk with Bear, that he might talk with Bear, that he might sympathize with Bear. And when Anna pleaded with Mother, She laboured, and created more great beasts. And when Mother created more great beasts, she commanded Luka to burke the lesser bear, so he did. And when Luka presented the body to Mother, She commanded him to flay the lesser bear, so he did. And when Luka presented the skin to Mother, She commanded him to tan the lesser bear, so he did. And when Luka presented the pelt to Mother, She commanded him to venerate the lesser bear, so he did. And when Luka venerated the pelt before Mother, She commanded him to wear it, and so he did. And when Luka wore the pelt before Mother, She commanded him to change, and so he did.

And so it was that Luka, who was called Man, could walk with Bear, could talk with Bear, could sympathize with Bear.

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Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of No Signal, Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.