“VIRGIN” BIRTHS IN WORLD MYTHOLOGY

anakin-skywalkerOkay, I hate to go on record defending George “Jar Jar” Lucas of all people but there is one criticism directed at him that I think is unfair. People often accuse Lucas of jamming in a Jesus parallel with the way Shmee Skywalker gave birth to Anakin without any actual father being involved in the process.  

The Christian myth about Jesus’ supposed Virgin Birth is far from the only example of fatherless births in global belief systems. George Lucas was simply keeping Anakin’s story in line with demigod and hero tales from countless other cultures. The concept is not limited to Christian beliefs.

In the tradition of Balladeer’s Blog’s examination of various dead-and-resurrected gods from around the world here is a look at just a few of the mythological entities with births that either downplay the father’s role or omit it entirely.  

huitzilopochtliHUITZILOPOCHTLI

Pantheon: Aztec  

Birth: Coatlicue, the mother of this national god of the Aztecs was impregnated by a small bundle of dust or feathers that got caught in her vagina.

Her husband Mixcoatl and their other children didn’t buy that story for a minute and suspected Coatlicue of infidelity. Huitzilopochtli sprang fully-grown from his mother’s womb to protect her.  

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THAN GIONG

Pantheon: Vietnamese

Birth: This Vietnamese war god’s mother – a mortal woman who is never named – fell into one of the enormous foot-prints that the Divine Geographer Khong Lo left in the landscape when crafting the world’s geographical features eons ago. That caused her to become pregnant – you know how mythology works – and she eventually gave birth to Than Giong.

FOR MORE VIETNAMESE GODS CLICK HERE

SAOSHYANT

Pantheon: Zoroastrian

Birth: The Virgin of the Lake bathed in the waters of the sacred lake in which Zoroaster had once ejaculated. (Personally I’m saving myself for the RIGHT lake.) Bathing in those waters caused that most perfect and sinless of women to become pregnant. She gave birth to Saoshyant, the final and greatest of the many Saviours in Zoroastrian beliefs. At the end of the world Saoshyant will resurrect all who have died and will pass final judgment on their souls.

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EN NO OZUNU

Pantheon: Shugendo

Birth: En No Ozunu’s mother Sadahime was found attractive by an unnamed male deity. (This is fairly common in Shugendo, Ainu, Philippine and Vietnamese myths. They don’t obsess over which particular god was behind a demigod or hero’s birth.) The mere act of feeling a fleeting desire for Sadahime was enough to impregnate her.

En No Ozunu was born with a horn on his head and a flower in one hand. He was also able to speak from the minute he was born and went on to teach skills that would later be associated with Ninjas.  

FOR MORE ON THIS GOD CLICK HERE

BAYBAYAN

Pantheon: Philippine (Specifically Bukidnon)

Birth: An unnamed god sent a dream to Baybayan’s mother, whose name was considered too sacred to share with non-Bukidnon people. She found herself pregnant and one day while walking along the seashore she gave birth to Baybayan through her arms instead of her vagina.

(Giving birth through body parts other than the vagina was a frequent theme in myths from around the world. In the past I’ve covered such births from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Armpits, fingers, hands and mouths are just some of the alternates.) Baybayan was a wise teacher and miracle worker who physically led his disciples to Skyland, the home of the gods.

FOR THE FULL BAYBAYAN EPIC CLICK HERE

THE ANAYE

Pantheon: Navajo

Birth: The Anaye were the monstrous Dark Gods that were ultimately destroyed by the war god Nayanazgeni. Most were conceived by Navajo women who masturbated with unnatural objects. 

For some examples: a woman who masturbated with stag antlers gave birth to Deelgeth the giant stag monster, a woman who masturbated with eagle feathers gave birth to the monstrous Thunderbirds, a woman who masturbated with a stone gave birth to the traveling stone serpent and a woman who masturbated with a cactus (now THAT’S gotta hurt) gave birth to the forest of living cacti.  

FOR MORE NAVAJO GODS CLICK HERE        

MAUTIKITIKI

Pantheon: Bellona and Rennell Islands (Polynesian)

Birth: For a real switcheroo Mautikitiki was born from his divine FATHER’S anus, emerging with a clump of fecal matter. This was necessary because goddesses and human women did not yet have vaginas. Mautikitiki – the Bellona and Rennell equivalent of Maui in Hawaiian myths – would go on to use an adze to create women’s vaginas.

That was similar to an Inuit myth in which the moon god Tatqim uses his hunting knife to create vaginas for women. Prior to that, Inuit birth was thought to be done from the bowels, which may also be the ancient “reasoning” for Mautikitiki’s odd birth.   

FOR THE FULL LIST OF BELLONA & RENNELL GODS CLICK HERE 

FOR THE TOP 15 IROQUOIS DEITIES CLICK HERE –  https://glitternight.com/2013/01/28/the-top-fifteen-deities-in-iroquois-mythology/  

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10 responses to ““VIRGIN” BIRTHS IN WORLD MYTHOLOGY

  1. Krishna’s birth was not normal. Even though his mother Devaki was not a virgin, she conceived him when Lord Vishnu deposited a strand of hair in her womb. Krishna’s foster mother’s name was Yashoda, sounds like Yashua isn’t it. Purusha sacrificed himself for the world.

  2. Shukracharya’s hobby was resurrecting Daityas and Danavas in the war against Devas.

    • I agree and that is a great point! My main purpose in this blog post, though was strictly the unusual birth element, since it’s Christmas time. At Easter time I often post about other dead and resurrected gods like Persephone, Inanna, Attis, Baal, Osiris and many others.

  3. hobbyie

    And amongst the sons of Diti and of Danu, cast out of heaven … The Mahabharata, Book of the Beginning.

  4. Thank you. I found this interesting. On the basis of the information given, it seems that these accounts have some marked differences from Christianity despite their similarities. If I may: 1) the incarnation of God through the virgin birth, 2) the death and resurrection of Christ being linked to atonement for the sins of humanity. I must admit, however, that the similarities you cited are thought-provoking. They remind me of a comment that J. R. R. Tolkien made to C. S. Lewis right before the conversion of the latter. It was something on the order of a personal creator communicating to his created offspring in ways they could understand, given that older legends bore certain similarities to his chosen means of redemption, but I don’t think I’ve done it justice here. I find comparative religion a rather fascinating topic. Take care.

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