Great Mothers for All
Since as far back in time as human memory reaches, we have believed in a great mother who lovingly provides food and fire to keep us alive. Respected and revered as Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Great Mother, Great Food Princess or the Hindus divine giver of birth to everything, Devi, or Goddess, she’s always depicted with a radiant face, loving gaze and soft body, holding some form of food. People believed if her nonjudgmental generosity was ignored or greedily hoarded, she’d withdraw her love, causing floods and famine, droughts and disagreements, infertility and inedible cooking to destroy the fields and families she’d protected.
So we still appease and honor her today with flowers by our rice bins, statues on our statehouses, offering rituals on Friday, and images in our kitchen. Here are some of the world’s great mothers who want us to eat and be well.