Write about a community that worships Mother Nature.
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“The Truth of Life” by Bhavadharini Murali
I planted you with my own two hands. I still remember the day. I remember the youth that I was, who ripped up the plants in my mother's garden. I remember getting caught by the old lady. She was old and frail - but something about her made me want to stand and listen to her. "Son," she said. Her voice was nothing like you imagined. It was firm. Her frail frame belied the steel in her. "You, in your ignorance, are ripping up these plants. Why?" "It makes me feel like God, having power over these plants. ...
“The Visible God ” by Rashmi Kumbhakarna
From the beginning of calculation of time, humans have considered a power greater than themselves. Some have believed in the power, while others have found worshiping as a means to obtain their personal desires. We have been hardwired to believe in a force which is shy, mostly hidden from the human eye. For years I have questioned my unformed stance on religion. I tried to experience different philosophies, their comprehended versions, though often returned with an anticipated disappointment. The road to answers is uncertain, if not ...
“Osun And Her People” by Olabisi Joshua
In the rainy season of the year, the august visitors arrived safely for the Osun-Osogbo sacred grove festival, which was protected by Susanne Wenger. The hotels were crowdedly filled up with people of different backgrounds, colors and sizes. The street was bustled with the foreigners and indigenes who had prepared for the commencement of the festival the next day.Bayo turned on his radio to 104.5 FM radio station. “Attention! Attention!! Attention!!! This week is Osun-Osogbo festival, we invite the young and old; the youths are cal...
“Chosen Child” by Charli Britton
TW: murder Prayers pass between silent lips. The hushed whispers filled my ears as the murmurs blur together. “Please Mother,” I whisper. “Please bring the rain, let the crops be plentiful this year.” I gaze up at the wooden statue of our Mother. I once asked my parents why she wasn’t carved from gold like the statues in the history books. They said it was because our Mother would want to be carved from nature. Her palms are open wide, beckoning me to come.
“Daughters of the Earth” by Joshua G. J. Insole
Nathaniel Thornton thought he had found a haven.But, as he tried — and failed — to wriggle free of the pillory, it occurred to him that he’d been wrong. The post wobbled when he fought against his shackles, but the trap would not break. The wooden framework, into which they’d locked his head and hands, remained steadfast and shut. At least no sharp blade hovered above the stocks, ready to guillotine him. Although he’d later reflect that decapitation would have been a preferable fate.“Now, now, Nathaniel...
“the zoo” by Rose Quartz
“I want my daughter for the first week.” That is what I said to my ex-wife in court as we were fighting for custody over Kelly. “What makes you think the father gets the kid first and not the one who tore their stomach open to have her?” “I’m the one that gave you the sperm, to begin with!” “I wish you hadn’t!” “Are you saying having Kelly was a mistake!” I yelled. “No, I am sa...
“Rocks Remember” by Deborah Mercer
I grew up in what some people would call a sect. Or a cult. Oh, folk had their suspicions, but most of them were wide of the mark, and the truth was both more mundane and more strange than they would ever have imagined. Let me tell you what we weren’t. What we did and didn’t believe, and what we did and didn’t do. Though there was some kind of headquarters, it was mainly for administrative purposes, and m...
“Battle with the dark lord” by Maan Bhatia
Ancient Legend Long ago the Dark Lord was the most supreme creature in the world until The Nameless Sorcerer was born. The community had soon realised that the sorcerer was more powerful than the Dark Lord. The community turned to the sorcerer and asked for help. The Nameless Sorcerer a...
“Amethyst Dreams” by Felicia Fontaine
“Have you ever experienced Déjà vu, Natalie?”That was the first question she asked her.Most evenings, after I finished my homework, I would make my way across the street to visit Violet. I had been to her house long before she moved in, and actually helped my father and uncle build it for her. She wasn’t safe living on her own anymore, so far away. So, we built her her own house that was close enough for family to help out when she needed it.My parents mentioned it would be a big help ...
“Alessia Grows” by Graham Kinross
Alessia Alighieri had not looked forward to learning piantakinesis. It was customary for all students at her school to learn the mastery of plant magic from followers at the temple of Cernunnos, the Horned God. Followers of Cernunnos were considered odd by the wider magi community. They wore their uniform as it had been for millennia, since they were misnamed druids back on Origin, first planet of humanit...
“Mother Nurtures” by Kendall Defoe
“Let the joyous festivities begin!” Wild applause rang up and down the valley as the Observants unfurled their banners and told the Supplicants where they could dance and sing. The Cleaners were right in front of both groups to make sure no damage was done to the wide expanse of nature in front of them. And at least they had a beautiful day for it. Carnelius spoke once more. “Remember, flora and...
“The Reflection” by Sol Mondschein
I woke up. My head felt heavy and I was sweating. I tried to stand up but I couldn’t. My legs had gone numb. But I wasn’t surprised. It happened all the time. I have this nightmare every now and then, but when I wake up I can’t remember what it was about. Well, I don’t over think about it, because I don’t really have the time. I live quite a busy life. I live with my dad and little sister in a village far away from the ...
“The Butterfly Monarch” by H F J Ballard
The Butterfly Monarch Day 1 My body's been changing recently; now I'm king of the world. It's been a crazy morning. Somebody should really warn a fellow about this stuff. Let’s start from yesterday. Yesterday I was comfortably wrapped in a dangle-bed eagerly awaiting my radical transformation from a chubby-grubbly to a fully flighted flutterby. It was an excitin...
“The Rainbow Tree and the Lost Village” by Gina Brioso
“The gods are parched. They need to feed.” His dark eyes wander over her face.Claire whimpers. She can feel the edge of the dagger brushing the side of her neck – blade awfully cold against her damp skin.She chokes at the ball of sob curling up in her throat.Tendrils of icy sweats trickle down her chin.Down to her jowls… And resting, finally, at the throbbing hollow in the middle. And her gut --- churning bitter bile that rises to her chest. And then the native holds the dagg...
“Five Seeds” by Daniel Tress
TW: gore It happens every twenty-five years, the Ritual of the Five Seeds. Mother Feverfew has the Five collected in the New Life Bethel. There are three Brothers, two Sisters. They sit evenly spaced along a circular bench, reverent heads bowed over plates carved from acacia wood. Steaming on each plate is a meal of roasted fiddlehead ferns, goat cheese, buttered gold potatoes. Centered between the five plates is a sizzling 20-pound carp, silvery skin blackened. “Why must we Fatt...
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