4157re: storm goddess
- Oct 1, 2003Why are storm gods always male? Google "storm goddess" or "goddess of the
storm" and you will return hits for Inanna, Ishtar, Lilith and the Morrigan
(among others). But with all the rewriting of myths going on today it is
hard to say whether these are accurate or not. Inanna and Ishtar are more
known for their fertility. As for Lilith and the Morrigan, perhaps another
member here can say with more conviction what their essential attribute
Two stronger hits are: (1) Ran, Norse goddess of storms and wife of the sea
god Aegir and (2) Dsovinar, Armenian storm goddess and wife of the storm god
Dsovean (born from the sea, her birth recalls the foam of Aphrodite).
But again it may be asked if the sea god in his stormy sea aspect is not the
real source of foul weather.
Funny, the best example I can think of may not be real at all: the Marvel
comics X-Men series has a female character called "Storm". Once for
Halloween, one of my female friends dressed up as this Storm and ever since
I realized what a powerful figure she makes. What a name, too.
As for why they are mostly male, as it would seem, lightning, thunder,
howling winds, and torrential rains...which would you rather label these:
masculine or feminine? On the other hand, gentle Spring showers, a breeze,
life-giving rain after a draught, and high scattered clouds: masculine or
feminine? If your biases are anything like my own, you will see how such
things worked themselves out.
But not all cultures obey my biases so I leave it to other members to