Pagan Blog Project Prompts for Letter Y
Here are some prompts for Y. To give us more options, I definitely went far beyond my usual European/Near Eastern bailiwick of Paganism.
Yalda- Persian winter solstice celebration
Yam- Canaanite sea god
Yama- god of death/the underworld in Vedic myth, after becoming less important in later Hinduism, Yama become more well known as a judge of the dead in various forms of Buddhism (Tibet, Japan, China, Korea)
Yantra- a mystical diagram or amulet used in mystical traditions of Hinduism (related concept- mandala)
Yarrow- herb used in traditional healing
Yasna- Zoroastrian offertory ritual, for the Indo-European geeks among us…
Yazatas– angels in Zoroastrianism- were “demoted” from god status in pre-Zoroastrian Persian polytheism.
Yemaya- Afro-Caribbean goddess of the sea, an orisha
Yeti- Tibetan legendary creature- the “Abominable Snowman”
Yew- the rune Eiwaz, ogham Idad
Yeeger, Eweich- Eternal Hunter, a hero/demi-god/god in Urglaawe, Deitsch heathenry
Yezidism- an off-shoot of Zoroastrianism, though monotheistic, their culture & traditions has connections with older Indo-Iranian polytheism
Yin and Yang- symbol of balance and interconnection in Taoism
Yggdrasil- the World Tree in Norse cosmology
Ygg- a name for Odin
Ymir- giant that world was created from in Norse myth
Yoda- ponder the teachings of the short green one!
Yoga (actual yoga, please not the watered down Westernized exercise program by the same name)
YOLA- You Only Live Once- discuss spiritual/philosophical aspects of this modern saying
Yoruba- Western African culture with major influences on Afro-Caribbean religions