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…

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…

Tsunemasa, Retold by Kenneth Lawrence with Artwork by Kumiko Lawrence

Tsunemasa, Retold by Kenneth Lawrence with Artwork by Kumiko Lawrence

Kenneth E. LawrenceApr 29, 20175 min read

Artwork by Kumiko Lawrence Attributed to Zeami Motokiyo | Japanese Noh Retold by Kenneth E. Lawrence Translated by Edward Kai Lawrence Art by Kumiko Lawrence When…

Again and Again Anansi Tried To Climb the Tree

How Wisdom Became the Property of the Human Race, by Anonymous (West African)

Parabola EditorsApr 11, 20162 min read

Again and Again Anansi Tried To Climb the Tree There once lived, in Fanti-land, a man named Father Anansi. He possessed all the wisdom in 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 Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam As the following passage begins, Jesus of Nazareth, here called Yeshua, is suffering on the…