Saturday, April 10, 2021
Hello, my chuckaboos! I was not able to make it to the river today for The Delta Pearl. At least Émeraude wasn’t still literally hanging when we left her last time.
My author-head is deep in the Emlyn-verse of Dead of Winter. Recently, Pat at eQuips blog shared an interview. Her questions focused exclusively on the Deae Matres of my fantasy story. Today I’m sharing my research on that aspect of the novel. If your eyes are already glazing over at the word “research” just look at the pictures. I know it isn’t for everyone.
Deae Matres Research
My research, in 2010, for Dead of Winter took me to wide-ranging reading on mythology and goddesses of the various Celtic lands. One particular element I want to share is the Deae Matres. In the mythology I devised for Dead of Winter, I envisioned many fantasy countries. The goddess named Deae Matres was a significant deity is some of those lands — at least in their past. I also gave the name to a group of intelligent, adventurous women who travel their world to search out and preserve knowledge, the Society of Deae Matres. All of this is my creation, but the name is from old Celtic mythology.
Even in fantasies, I’m scrupulous about naming any existing person, group, or organization. I did not find then or now any credible (or incredible for that matter) evidence of a currently existing group, or any group in modern history, of any sort named “The Society of Deae Matres,” or any organized group of worshipers.
The matres and matronae (term preferred in northern Italy) were female deities venerated in Northwestern Europe. Found in many parts of the Roman empire, their epithets often incorporate local or tribal names.
They were most often depicted in groups of three. That triad idea comes into play with three of my central characters, Emlyn, Zasha, and Osabide.
In Celtic mythology, the deae matres specifically were “mother goddesses.” While most often in groups of three they might have been singular or in groups of any number. Although it was unusual for the grouping to exceed four.
In the mythology I devised for Dead of Winter, the goddess named Deae Matres, is (eventually) shown as a single entity. To her followers, she provided blessings, flowers, fruit, and the pleasing things of nature. She was a nurturing goddess. In the backstory of the fantasy novel, centuries before Emlyn’s story, the Society took her name because their purpose was to nurture the people, particularly their minds.
Journey 4 is almost here. Here’s the cover.
Here are all the currently available monthly novelettes of Dead of Winter. Until next time, stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!
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Journey 3, the Fever Field
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