surrounding birth and childbearing were inevitably stronger in days when mothers
and children stood in greater danger of death, and thus supposedly were menaced
by evil. They were regarded as polluted, and therefore dangerous to others.
Nahuam goddess of childbirth, Tiacolteuti, for example, was also known as the
goddess of sexual vice, and eater of filth. Her children, however included the
god of Maize and the goddess of flowers.
abounds in tales if unnatural births: divine beings, not being subject to the
same laws as man could determine their own methods of creations. Sometimes a
child was born to a barren mother, such a birth was seen as an intervention of
common theme is the Virgin Birth. The Ancient Persian prophet Zoroaster, for
example is believed to have been the Son of the supreme God Ahura Mazda, and
born of a virgin.
might even be conceived after the death of its father. An Egyptian myth recounts
how the falcon-headed God Horus the younger son of Iris and Osiris, was
conceived by the Goddess after her husband was murdered by the evil God Set.
myth, the goddess Parvati fashioned the god Ganesa out of the surf on her skin,
as a guard against her husband Shiva, whose habit of surprising her in the her
bath which she resented.
myths too, births of the Gods took a variety of strange forms, even when the
union of their parents was of the conventional human pattern. The Goddess Athena
was the daughter of Zeus by Metis, But Zeus swallowed the unborn child. When the
time came for her birth, Hephatestos, son of Zeus and Hera, slit open Zeus' head
with an axe and out sprang Athena fully grown and armed. Myth tells how Zeus
also bore his own son Dionysus. The mortal mother Semel had died of seeing her
divine lover in all his splendor and Zeus rescued the child by sewing it into
his thigh until it was time for the birth.
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