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Goddess of the week: D'Sonoqua

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:16 pm
by Willow
Read a great story about awoman's encouter with this Goddess and see a painting here
http://plato.acadiau.ca/courses/engl/la ... noqua.html


Dzunukwa (also spelled D'Sonoqua and Zunoqua), wild woman of the woods representing the dark and dangerous side of Canadian wilderness, stealer of children yet bringer of wealth to the Kwakwaka'wakw. Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss indicates an ambiguity in gender as well as in attitude--sometimes hostile, sometimes not.

Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation The giantess Dzunuk'wa is a member of the large family of giants who live in the far away mountains and woods.

Black in color, with bushy, unkempt hair and a pursed mouth through which she utters the cry, Hu! Hu! She was a terrifying and threatening creature.

She carries a huge basket on her back in which she put disobedient children she stole, taking them to her home to eat them.

In another aspect Dzunuk'wa, is the possessor of the “Water-of-Life”, a gift she would bestow on people fortunate enough to encounter and overcome her. Her most important role is the bringer of wealth and good fortune.

In the Winter Ceremonies, Dzunuk'wa appears in two forms. As a dancer in the T'seka, she is a shaggy lumbering creature with half shut eyes. She is not awake enough to dance the normal four circuits around the fire, but staggers in the wrong direction and when escorted to her seat, she falls asleep.

In her other role, she carries a basket of coppers that she gives to the Chief who is selling or giving them away. The most important right of the Dzunuk'wa, is when Kwakwaka’wakw Chief’s wear a special form of this creature.

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitio ... a_mask.php This is a picture of one of her masks.

There isn't a ton on D'Sonoqua, one of her most imprtant qualities however is her androgyny. As well, she is known for being easily outwitted and sometimes clumsy.

I came across her working on a paper about Emily Carr, she is a common figure across the Northwest Coast of North America. Sorry I don't have more info, but I thought you gusy might find herinteresting, she isn't really a goddess per se, but supernatural.

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:58 am
by Scathach
This goddess reminds me of Baba Yaga. Very magical! Veeerrrryyy scary! Has no problem with eating kids. She can kill you, but if ya do the right stuff, you get a prize!

It's a common theme, that basically tells us that we have to go see the monster, and confront our fears, in order to gain things. It also teaches that power is gained not through safety, but through danger.

Now the eating kids thing, I believe that came out of more practical parental concerns. ;)

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:30 am
by Crazy Healer Lady
Thank you Willow!!

I so enjoy the traditional stories and divine beings in the Americas.

I love the first link... I love Emily Carr. Thank you so much for sharing :)

I find it interesting that in so many traditions there is usually one archetype, female, who's mood is interchangable and either will kill you, or help you.

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:14 am
by Kitsune
I firmly believe that this is how most men see us anyways... :lol:

I like to think that some guys have evolved past the "Women are scary" stage, but somehow I think that the archtype will be around for a rather long time. Maybe it'll always be there, at the back of their male minds as they debate whether the almighty drug of CHOCOLATE will allow them access to their homes again. :lol: :lol: :lol:

And thanks for information on her. I like hearing about gods, deities and powers from all cultures! :-D

I'm sorry I haven't gotten a new goddess up yet. Our wireless access went down at home, so I actually have to hook up my system or use my guys if I want internet at home. It sucks and I've been avoiding my computer for personal stuff at home like the plague! ;) Hopefully it'll all be fixed soon. #-o [-o<

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:43 am
by Willow
It was mostly cut and paste but thank you.

I think you guys are right though, the female demons are always the scariest. Her Androgeny probably makes her scarier.

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:17 pm
by Jescissa
The painting is so haunting!

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:41 am
by underlilith
that really was an interesting one, i'v never heard of her before, where do you guys get all this stuff?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:57 pm
by Willow
I came to this goddess/demon through Emily Carr, she is a very famous (in Canada anyway) painter. She was one of the first people to even think about looking at the Aboriginal cultures through art as a living society rather than a dying one. If she weren't a woman, she definitely would have become a member of the group of seven.

Seeing this painting and reading the exerpt from her book made me want to learn more about this goddess, which is difficult, because Aboriginal people are very tight lipped about her so there isn't a lot of information.

I am glad you enjoyed it though.