And also for Divine…


Divine Mother: name given by Argosians to the World Tree, which they consider to be Creator and creation combined. According to legend, the Divine Mother gave birth to all the plants and animals in the Storm, including human beings. Seeing that they needed the sun to live she stretched her arms and head above the clouds, lifting her children into the light.

Divine Mouth: name of a deep cleft or ‘Tree-rift’ in the trunk above Argos city. The Mouth is the site of an annual spring sacrifice in which a man is driven into the hollow chasm as an offering to appease the wrath of the World Tree.

Argosian myth of creation

In the beginning, there was darkness. God was alone, and the Storm raged around Her. God longed for the company of living things and shed Her leaves in sadness. But where the leaves fell they turned into all the plants and animals. God was so happy that She burst into flower: the sun and the moon appeared in Her branches. Then the Storm was vanquished and chased away to the bottom of the world.

 

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Under the hood…

Where do myths come from? I’m convinced there is always a grain of truth at the bottom of every story, however fantastical. The truth can be literal, psychological, even historical – generally a mix of all three, liberally peppered with invention. In devising the myths for the world of the Tree, I tried to find stories that had several interlocking meanings. There is a historical truth, naturally buried and distorted by time. There is certainly a psychological truth, to do with the needs and desires of the people telling the stories. And in the case of this particular fantasy story, there is even a literal truth hidden away at the heart of the myth, stranger than any fiction…

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