One of the things I love most about Kris Waldherr's Goddess Inspiration Oracle is that it features Goddesses from around the world. I've had the chance to learn about Goddesses who never appeared in my mythology courses and who seldom (if ever) get invoked in the rituals I attend. And while I am always seeking to be mindful of issues of cultural appropriation when working with Goddesses from other cultures, I have found valuable messages in learning about these Goddesses. I especially appreciate Waldherr's inclusion of Goddesses from First Nation and African traditions in this deck, as these are faces of the Feminine Divine that so often get passed by in the Feminist Witchcraft I know.
Axomama (deity #19 from the atheists’ god graveyard) is one of the daughters of Pachamama, the ancient Peruvian Earth mother. Her name literally means Potato mother. Potatoes were a staple food and main energy source for ancient Peruvians and still are for modern Andeans.
In Peruvian folklore, Kuka Mama ("mother coca") or Cocamama (Cocomama) is a goddess of health and happiness.The tale goes that she was accused of being promiscuous by a jealous lover.She was cut in half and her body planted like a seed which grew into the first coca plant.It is said that the leaves should only be chewed by men after they have satisfied a woman’s sexual needs.Other sources describe her as benevolent and beneficial Nature divinity.I couldn't find much more than that on this deity but I did find quite a bit on coca.
The problem I am running into, as I try to fulfill my promise of writing something for each of the divinities placed in the atheists’ “god graveyard”, is trying to find enough information on some of the divinities. For them, I tend to resort to poetry and prayers. The Incan/Aztec divinities have been especially hard. As everywhere I look, there are the same miniscule bits of information, repeated over and over. Not complaining, just stating the challenges I have faced in order to fulfill my promise. This week’s divinity (#17) is Chasca, Incan goddess of dawn and dusk, symbolized by the planet Venus.
This is my continuation of my tribute to all the gods placed in the "graveyard". Viarococha the Incan creator god is #14 from that list. (Apologies for the small font as I can't figure out how to change it.)