For week 2 of the 13 Goddesses challenge, I have chosen to represent TIAMAT. She is the primordial being from which all life sprang, and is generally known as the Sea Serpent of Chaos.There do not seem to be any images of Tiamat, and I think she gets a pretty bad press. The earliest version of her story is that she was the salt water that merged with the fresh water(male counterpart) to spawn the first generation of Gods. Her offspring become numerous and noisy, and her husband wanted to kill them. Tiamat prevented this, and emboldened, they killed her husband instead. Enraged by grief, Tiamat waged war on her own offspring. They defeated her, and used her body to create the planets and sky.
As the story got passed down, Tiamat has become the evil chaos of war, whereas it is my belief the original "chaos" referred to the state of the universe before the forming of the planet.
I have tried to create a sea serpent image of her, but one that has a soft maternal vibe, rather than "scary death bringer".
She is rising from the ocean, flanked by the Sun and the Moon( for she is the sky)
I used Stickles to make her page shimmery...
...and gold paint on her fin and eyes, as befits a great Goddess.
My Babylonian Goddess TIAMAT