Saturday, May 16, 2009
Round Seven: Deities, Sedna
Sedna is an Inuit goddess of the ocean. There are many different legends surrounding her. In one, her father tries to marry her off but she doesn't like any of the suitors. In protest, she marries a dog instead. Her father became so enraged that he tried to throw her into the ocean, but she clung to the sides of his canoe. He then chopped her fingers off one by one, and these fingers became the many animals of the Arctic. She fell to the bottom of the ocean and resides there still. The Inuit shamans have to travel to the bottom of the ocean to comfort her or she won't release any animals for their tribes to hunt. Its a real interesting dichotomy because she can be a goddess of life and death.
This was done in ink and acrylic.