Bumi-Bijiran

Bumi bijiran  mistress of the earth

Known as Timeless Stone, the Earthshaker, Green Divinity and the Lady of Grain amongst many titles, Bumi-Bijiran is the Goddess of the Earth, Agriculture and all that grows from the soil. She is the Second born child of Nerukata and Sensu, and also sadly the Mother-Sister of Yesan Who Hungers. Often depicted as a tall, beautifully austere woman with berries and leaves wound and growing through her wild brown hair, clad in robes sometimes woven from vines and studded with precious stones, she is a strong deity with 2 seemingly different sides to her personality; one is the wild and elemental Earth, the power of landslides and earthquakes and the dangerous force of the volcano, and the other is the mild and benevolent bringer of crops from the soils and ores and precious stones from the mountains and stone. She is all these things to her devoted followers.

She has suffered much in her time, both at the hands of Evil and also sadly at the hands of her father Nerukata. When her mother Sensu was with child (Perang) and so unavailable to receive her husband Nerukata, the Sun God instead foolishly and dishonourably seduced his Daughter Bumi-Bijiran and between them they conceived a son, now known as Yesan Who Hungers. The combination of fertility and baking hot sun that the 2 gods had between them made Yesan a god of Famine and Desolation, and Nerukata felt shame when he looked upon the horrid creature he had created; Bumi-Bijiran however did her best to try and be a good mother and influence on the already disturbing son she had, and so was blind to what he could be capable of. Yesan hungered for the fertility and essence that his mother-sister had, but also wished the love and attention of his father, who could not bear to look upon him.This continued for a time, with his resentment starting to consume him until in a 2 pronged fit of limitless rage and horrid desire, he consumed and devoured his brother, Nerukatas favourite son Satrom and then abducted his mother-sister Bumi-Bijiran, to try and force her to he his mate and so sustain him with her limitless lifegiving essence.

She was eventually freed by her Mother Sensu long enough for her to cut down her son, for now she realised that he could never be reformed or brought back into the divine fold. She ground her son into the soil and winnowed his remains, and managed to save her older brother Satrom by doing this, growing him from the remains of his treacherous brother. Sadly, her son also grew from the soil, for in an imperfect world there shall always be the threat of desolation and Famine.

Her clergy is organised and pays a great deal of interest in the passage of the year, more so than any others, for they are heavily invested in the cycle of crop growth and the passage of the seasons. Her clergy are bound to make sure that famine and want are banished, and they spend a lot of their time aiding their congregations efforts, whether it be farmers in their fields or miners in their mines. They promote fertility in all things, and between her and her mother Sensu, they are the patronesses of childbirth and especially conception. They have no central temple, but are especially strong in areas devoted to agriculture, like Voya, Padiha, the Empire and Ateliket.

Cult skills are Plant Lore, World Lore, Animal Lore, Mineral Lore, Search and Craft (Iron and Wood, or any other natural substance). These skills are learnable from Shrines upwards, for the Bumi-Bijiran clergy is a practical and hard working one who teaches and learns by experience.

Cult magic is primal and strong;

Spirit – Heal, Second Sight, Shimmer, Vigour, Strength, Slow.

Divine – Regrow Limb, Bless Crops, Absorption, Command(snake, bear, swine, dog, gnome), Heal Body, Restore Health (any except Int).

Her relations with the other gods are complicated; with her mother Sensu, there is the usual love one would expect, but with her father, there is still a decided coolness over their past. He is her king and father and she follows the loead of the gods, but there is a strong independent streak in her that whilst not being quite rebelliousness, means she does what she thinks best and her father knows not to push it. She is very close to her brother Satrom, for they have much in common (both having suffered at the hands of Yesan), and she also respects the devoted nature of her younger brother Ciha. She regards Loksan and Ba’Ath well enough, though she is more prone to see the side of the Moon Goddess, for she knows what it is like to have a strained relationship with her father.

Earth spirits and Nymphs of the Mountains love her and aid her worshippers instinctively and freely. Her High Holt day is called “The Coming of Harvests” and is on the first Bijiramar of the 9th month when the harvest of most crops customarily happens. 3 days of work in the fields and harvests is marked at the start by a great prayer and sermon (the holy day itself) and ended by a great feast and festival characterised by song, dance and some say way too much drinking, especially in areas that grow grapes, apples, pears and other crops used to create alcohol. In fact, she is commonly held to be the god who gave wine and alcohol to the mortals.

Bumi-Bijiran

Tales from the Inner Sea AndyGlen