Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 3 May 2009

While in search of a westward route to the East, Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica (1494)


Imdugud was the lion-headed eagle of Mesopotamian myth, whose wings were storm clouds that, when beaten, made thunder and rain.

The Iroquois worshipped Oshadagea ("great dew-eagle"), who carried water from the oceans in his wings.

Haddad, one of the sea goddess Asherat's 70 children, was the thunder god and bringer of rain in Sumerian myth.

In Nordic myth, Frigg (sister of Thor) was the goddess of clouds and rain whose robes were spun from mist.

The rain goddess of Chaco myth was Kasogonaga, an anteater who took human form and created rain by urination.

Parjanya, in Vedic myth, was the god of clouds who navigated a cart across the sky, dispensing rain from sacks.

Aztec priests would sacrifice children in the hope that their tears would appeal to their rain god Tláloc.

Alrinach was an Eastern demon of floods, earthquakes, rain, and hail, responsible for shipwrecks.

A decent provision for the poor, is the true test of civilisation.
Samuel Johnson (1790-84)
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