Who is Sedna?
- Inuit sea goddess of life & death.
- Her name was bestowed on a newly discovered planet found in the farthest corner of our solar system.
- Rowie was fascinated with the legend when she knew Sedna wasn't the usual Greek/Roman goddess (usually chosen to name planets etc)
The fish, whales, seals & walruses sprung from her dismembered fingers
- Sedna was a beautiful impulsive young girl, many men wooed her but she refused them to her father's dismay.
- One day a man came & promised Sedna a life of comfort; she willingly married him & he took her away to his island.
- He revealed that he wasn't a human but a bird. Sedna was trapped & tried to accept her new life. He wasn't able to provide her the food & shelter she desired; she grew tired of her life.
- Her father came to visit & learned the truth; he killed Sedna's husband & together they left on a boat back home.
- The birdman's friends came & conjured a huge storm from the flapping of their wings. Frightened for his life, Sedna's father threw her overboard to keep the boat from sinking.
- Sedna fought to climb back but her father cut off her fingers, then her bloody hands when she tried to hold on with her mutilated hands.
- She sank back into the sea, sea animals (seals, fish, walruses, whales) sprung from her appendages as she entered Adlivum (the Inuit Underworld), where she now rules.
- Sedna controls all sea life & the Inuits must appease her so that she will allow her animals to be available for the humans.
- If Sedna is unhappy, their shaman transforms into a fish & endures a treacherous path to reach Sedna. He must comb her hair & massage her aching limbs; when she is comforted, she will send the animals to be hunted so that the humans will not starve.
The storm that brought the goddess to life
- The legend of Sedna tells us that we must dive deep into the dark, cold places we fear the most to seek the riches & pleasures there.
- We are all worthy of love & respect despite our flaws & shortcomings.
We must dive deep & face our fears to find great treasure
I've always thought this legend could be an interesting central plot to a future TR story, but it's fascinating enough on its own. With its stark darkness, its a legend we could be smitten with.