|The Two Sister Goddesses?|
L - Mama Quilla, R - Pacha Mama?
I went into the classroom and took the book off the shelf while the teacher angrily told me I couldn't do that. "It's copyrighted and...and...so you can't copy anything from it!" she shouted from across the room. I smiled sweetly and told her I'd bring it back when I was finished with it and walked out.
There were pictures of different kinds of drugs - a rock of cocaine stands out best in my memory, which would have come in handy since there was a crack house on the corner 2 blocks from the elementary school. A few days later I suggested to the teacher that she take the little darlings on a field trip down the street to really teach them about drugs...and at the same time they'd be earning money for the school which in turn would be a helpful lesson on economics. The main thing they'd learn was that selling cocaine earns far more money than selling cookies. The only problem was I wasn't sure who the teacher's supplier would be for the field trip. (I debated with myself that year at Christmas....Sweetie! Look what a pretty little mirror Mommy got you for Christmas! Take it in for show and tell. Your teacher will be thrilled!)
But I digress. However, really, it's the same sort of problem in that being introduced to idol worship by the Pope, the more I learn about Pacha Mama, the more I know! For instance, I'm sort of an expert now on the Inca Empire because I just today finished reading the 1936 book Westward From Rio by Heath Bowman and Stirling Dickinson that I bought at a used book store's close-out sale for half price. After watching idol worship in the Vatican Gardens I could totally relate to Inca idol worship of Pacha Mama and how idolatry never was eradicated by Catholicism, even after 500 years. The Indians still retain their reverence for Pacha Mama - and her sister.
Did you know that Pacha Mama has a sister? Her name is Mama Quilla. She's the Moon Goddess, while Pacha Mama is the Earth Goddess. Which brings me to the two idols in the Vatican Gardens - one larger than the other. Everyone is calling both of the idols Pachamama. Even though they look the same, except for one being larger than the other, do they represent the same goddess? If so, why are two idols present in the circle? Why not just one main idol to worship?
At first "they" said the two idols in the Vatican Gardens were representative of the Visitation with the idols being the Blessed Mother and St Elizabeth. Then "they" said that the idols were 2 fertility goddesses representing life. Even though I'm learning a lot about idols it must be stated that the Indians know a thing or two more about idol worship than orthodox Catholics. Therefore, could it be that the one large idol and the one smaller idol that were bowed down to and worshiped in the Vatican Gardens were the two sister goddesses - Pacha Mama and her sister, Mama Quilla? The larger of the two would be Pacha Mama - Mother Earth - while the smaller would be Mama Quilla, the Moon Goddess.
I don't see why that could not be a possibility....and that no one is saying because it's bad enough to break the First Commandment with one idol, but breaking it with two different idols would be worse.