The honest folk of common village life are governed more by the turning of the seasons than by lords and ladies in far off palaces. They respect and revere a goddess of natural cycles which most scholars observe bears a striking similarity to the goddess of lunar cycles worshipped by mystics and witches, and the mother goddess Wea who is much more mainstream in the cultured centers of civilization. As for which came first, the debate is pointless since there simply is not enough evidence from a past so distant. The two parallel faiths of Yaemathwe and Theshamine have, traditionally, gotten along quite well — farmers and shepherds are pragmatically concerned with the important affairs of daily life while the midwives and apothecaries believe that the darker aspect of their goddess would ruffle too many feathers if she were more well-known.

Yaemathwe, like Theshamine, is considered to be a single persona who merely changes or ages in a cycle reflected by the seasons. She is depicted as a beautiful, voluptuous young woman in her prime and clothed in diaphanous gowns. Village shrines often house statuary of four women dancing in a circle holding hands, and offerings of flowers, fruit, nuts and grain appropriate to the current season are laid at their feet.

Yaemathwe is said to have given birth to each of the Four Breaths in turn, one during each season. This claim is perceived as a slight by the worshippers of Wea who claim birth and progeny as the sole purview of the Mother.


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