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Old November 29 2012, 12:46 AM   #14
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Re: Religious Stories

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Eris had been born pregnant, and after 55 years (Goddesses have an unusually long gestation period -- longer even than elephants),
That is short pregnancy when compared to Ilmatar from Finnish mythology. She was an air goddess who fell from the sky and who was impregnated by the air and the sea. She floated for 730 years unable to give birth until there was land. Her son, Vainmoinen, was born an old man, with all the wisdom of the ages.
That last point reminds me of several Chinese myths, like the popular legend about Laozi (Lao-Tzu), who supposedly took 62 years to be born and also emerged as an elderly man. Whether he himself ever claimed this, I have no idea...
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