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Seidl sees here a revival of local traditions in the depiction of a pre-Urartian female deity as the Assyrianizing influence of the Reichskultur waned.
Firstly, the term "lhamo" means "goddess"--by itself it is not the name of an actual female deity.
On the left, images of the body's interior float above bucolic landscapes, while on the right a tale of a contemporary female deity unfolds.
The reverence for Mother Earth is complemented by the worship of the Moon as a female deity and Consort of the Sun associated with the cycles of nature, and of women.
For 250 years, a succession of little girls have been chosen as the reincarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, a powerful female deity.
Ninkasi is the female deity said to have created a recipe for beer 4,000 years ago.
In the precolonial model, the Moon Goddess was a generative and reproductive symbol--a female deity who had sex with other gods, thereby creating the Maya people.
Perhaps more surprising is Rushdie's move to have these struggles prefigured by the archetypal struggles between Allah and AI-Lat, the male and female deity principles from the time of his fictionalized Mohammed, named "Mahound" in the Satanic Verses sequences.
Life revolved around the concept of Ma-at, a continuum of truth and balance, personified as a female deity.
The female deity represents life and death and a cosmological connection between three dimensions inhabited by spiritual entities, ancestors and those of us who continue to inhabit a more physical world.
There are times, however, when a ring of authenticity echoes through Hong Ying's poetic prose: the brief interweaving of a sentence or two on The Book of Changes, or the mention of the remarkable ancient Chinese myth concerning the female deity Nu Kwa, who, because of her knowledge of science and metallurgy, not only succeeded in repairing a dangerous fault in the sky, thus averting a deadly cosmic disaster, but also was the one to knead and fashion yellow earth into human likenesses.
With this selection, the viewer gains an introduction to the movement style and costuming of three of the four major character types that populate Khmer court dances and dance-dramas: the princess or female deity, the prince or male deity, and the giant.
Though lai can mean either god or goddess, more often than not another term lairema or lairembi is used for goddess or female deity.
In the third category are deities like Oya, the female deity of the River Niger, and Okebadan, which is associated with a sacred hill in the city of Ibadan.