Epicycles

The Moon is Like a Boyand the Sun is Like a Girl 

The Moon is Like a Boyand the Sun is Like a Girl 

Maia ZelkhaMay 1, 20234 min read

And God created the two great luminaries… the great light… and the small light. —Genesis 1:16  Originally, the sun and moon were created of equal size, but the moon protested, and so God made it smaller. —Midrash Rabbah But He…

The Lazy Girl and the Butter-Yellow Pot, by Nartana Premachandra

The Lazy Girl and the Butter-Yellow Pot, by Nartana Premachandra

Nartana PremachandraApr 26, 202312 min read

Everything is finished before it has happened, everything is finished before it has happened…. The young girl in red sang to herself. Carrying a butter-yellow pot, she shielded her eyes from the blossoming sun and looked out into the graceful…

Out of the Box: How Raven gave light to the world, by Leslie Hebert

Out of the Box: How Raven gave light to the world, by Leslie Hebert

Leslie HebertOct 30, 20223 min read

Before I gave birth to the child, I lived alone with my father in a cold world of eternal night.  Outside the door of our longhouse a thick blackness covered the earth. It was so dark that when I took…

Healing Water Goddesses, by Betsy Cornwell

Healing Water Goddesses, by Betsy Cornwell

Betsy CornwellJan 31, 20215 min read

Water is crucial to all life on Earth, and from the earliest records of human history we have venerated its healing and regenerative powers. It is no surprise that many healing water deities are goddesses: the life-giving, wellness-nurturing properties of…

Suvannavanna Hamsa Jataka: The Golden Swan, by Margo McLoughlin

Suvannavanna Hamsa Jataka: The Golden Swan, by Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlinMay 1, 202024 min read

Prologue Long, long ago, in the far distant past, the Bodhisatta was born as a swan.1 He grew up to become the leader of a great flock of swans. They were known as the Dhatarattha clan. Their feathers were the…

The Thanksgiving Prayer, Adapted from the Mohawk

The Thanksgiving Prayer, Adapted from the Mohawk

Parabola EditorsNov 24, 20166 min read

Illustration by John Kahionhes Fadden THE…

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Ave Maria, by Jenny Koralek

Jenny KoralekJan 29, 201612 min read

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène…

Zen Moments, by Pamela Travers

Zen Moments, by Pamela Travers

Pamela TraversJul 22, 20153 min read

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Tea house at…

The Verses of Ambapali, by Margo McLoughlin

The Verses of Ambapali, by Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlinNov 8, 20165 min read

A new translation and commentary by Margo McLoughlin Ambapali |…

Kuzunoha

Kuzunoha

Parabola EditorsFeb 26, 20171 min read

Kuzunoha the Fox Woman. Utagawa Kuniyoshi…