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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 112, Ilmatar Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 112, Ilmatar Summary and Analysis

Ilmatar literally means Sky Mother, yet she is usually referred to as Water Mother. She descends into the never-ending ocean. She floats for centuries before she starts to feel lonely, wondering if it was a mistake to leave her home. A duck flies over her, searching for a place to rest. Ilmatar lifts her knee out of the water and creates the first hill of land. The duck builds her nest on Ilmatar's knee and lays six golden eggs and one made of iron. Ilmatar is not able to hold her knee still for long, and as she shifts to find comfort, the eggs spill into the water and shatter. The lower pieces of the eggs form the earth. The upper pieces form the arch of heaven. The yolk becomes the sun, the white becomes the moon, and the...

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