Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Moon Maiden

Last night as I gazed up at the Moon I started thinking of Niekia and her sad story. Niekia was the daughter of the Moon. She was pursued by the Sun's son Peivalke but her true love was Nainas, of the Northern Lights. Nainas and his brothers would leave Niekia as soon as the first flush of dawn spread across the sky. Across the ocean they would battle in the skies and would return as it grew dark.

Niekia came up with a plan to keep her lover at home; she made a quilt of reindeer hide and embroidered on it the stars and the Milky Way and hung it above Nainas' bed. Nainas slept as normal that night but when he woke up as dawn approached he saw the Milky Way above him and fell back to sleep.

Later on Niekia crept outside and left the door slightly open. Nainas awoke immediately and the Sun saw him and sent down a shaft of fire that pinned him to the ground. Niekia realising what she had done threw herself infront of her lover. Nainas flew off to safety as the Sun grabbed Niekia. Niekia still protested and rejected Peivalke so in anger the Sun threw Niekia up into the arms of her mother the Moon; where she still is.

I always feel disappointed in Nainas; I expected him to save Niekia...maybe that's just me.

I painted Niekia's portrait on canvas stretched within an embroidery hoop(which I stained and wrote text about Niekia on) and finished it off with a velvet Gracie xx

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