XXIV: The arts

To those who may be receiving one of these post-notifications for the first time: This is not a blog; it’s actually part of a book, and will make little sense to you without knowledge of what has come before—which you can easily obtain, along with a goodly amount of satirical theatre as matters progress, by simply entering ttgftyri.org into your web browser, opening the menu, and starting at page one. J.J.

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After which, Our Lady of the Arts inspires poetry, songs, dance, sculpture, painting, architecture, and so forth—while generating almost as many arguments as to just what constitutes artistic beauty.

Not every culture has spent a lot of time thinking about its various impulses toward art, much less figuring out how their artists ultimately came by them.

Until recently, however, most of those who did invariably credited the Great Mother or one of her special Muse aspects with inspiring their work.


  • Aabit: ancient Egyptian deity of singing, music, and the arts
  • Ame-No-Uzume: Shinto Japanese deity of dancing
1. Ame-No-Uzume
  • Benzi-Ten: Japanese deity of language, eloquence, and the arts
  • Biliku: Native North American deity of story-telling
  • Calliope: ancient Greek deity of epic poetry
  • Devala: Hindu music-deity
  • Erato: ancient Greek deity of Lyric poetry
  • Euterpe: ancient Greek deity of music
  • Fachea: ancient Irish deity of poetry and music
  • Gratiae: ancient Roman deities associated with the arts and human creativity
2. Gratiae
  • Huitaca: Muisca deity of music, dance, and the arts
  • Iarila: Russian deity who is said to lead the dancing at the summer solstice
  • Jagadhamba: Hindu deity who dances the Dance of Life itself
  • Kali: one of the Hindu deities who danced the universe into existence
  • Khio: Thai song-deity
  • Hi’aika: Hawaaian deity of the hula
3. Pele and her sister Hi’aika
  • Laka: Hawaiian deity of singing and dancing
  • Lasya: lit., ‘dancing girl‘; Tibetan Buddhist deity usually depicted performing her sacred dance
  • Matlalceuitl: Aztec deity of singing
  • Melpomene: ancient Greek deity of tragedy
  • Menrva: Etruscan deity of the arts
  • Meret: ancient Egyptian deity associated with merriment, singing, and dancing
4. Meret
  • Muraja: Buddhist deity of music, special patroness of the tambourine
  • Polyhymnia: ancient Greek deity of sacred poetry
  • Sarasvati: Hindu deity of music and the arts
5. Sarasvati
  • Terpsichore: ancient Greek deity of dance
  • Thalia: ancient Greek deity of comedy
  • Tlitcaplitana: Bella Coola deity of singing and chanting
  • Uso Dori: Japanese deity of singing
  • Vina: Buddhist deity of music
  • Xiuhtecuhtli: Aztec deity of dancing


Photo Credits

1: My God Pictures https://www.mygodpictures.com/marble-statue-of-ama-no-uzume/

2: Owlcation https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-Gratiae-Goddesses

3: Balladeer’s Blog: https://glitternight.com/2016/01/23/pele-and-hiiaka-epic-of-hawaii-part-two/

4: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1759287339802573/?nic_v1=1b6Sc0Uim1b%2BoixA4icRDSRiDmi%2Fe5ZlhSnAX0sPzrLDFI1Zh7OBmvveEjKffnr45z

5: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/545991154799094684/?nic_v1=1b9R8Ug4fOjSWA%2Fyh051ibdTBVvnYskrpN8MAldZjYxR5qommNBA2iHMFdvqz4hS7t

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