Comic 509 - Cleo and the Goddess
16th Mar 2020, 12:00 AM in Family Secrets
Cleo and the Goddess
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Okay, Cleo may be a bit harsh here, it's a bit more nuanced than that...
Jacob Grimm and his brother Wilhelm, primarily known by most people for their collection of fairy tales, were also important figures in the field of linguistics. Ostara was Jacob's reconstruction of the name of a proposed Germanic spring goddess, under the assumption that the German word for Easter (Ostern) may have derived from said name.
However, the evidence of such a goddess actually having been worshipped in historical times is rather sparse - it's mainly just consists of the 8th century monk Bede mentioning a goddess Ēostre at some point.
And before someone points that out: Yes yes I know, she is supposed to be a Germanic goddess, while pre-Christian France (aka Gaul) was mainly populated by Celts.

Also, now is a good point to tell you what actually my inspiration was for this whole subplot with Cleo: The movie Die Regentrude ("The Rain Trude"), produced 1976 in East Germany, and based upon an eponymous fairy tale by Theodor Storm. (I have actually talked about this one or two times already in the ComicFury forum.)
In this movie, there is a drought, and a young couple goes on a quest to find and awaken a mysterious powerful woman named "Rain Trude", so that she can send rain.
I always thought that this woman could be interpreted as an old and nearly forgotten pagan deity. Later I read Storm's original story, and here this even seemed to be hinted a bit more explicitly.
Anyway, in one scene of the movie, some characters tell about how they once had an elderly relative who went on the same quest when she was a young girl, and this scene was the inspiration for the lower panel you see here: A progression of girls who all met this deity, from antiquity to the present. (And this even extents into the future - notice how the girl after Cleo is wearing spiffy space clothes!)

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BTW, it seems that in-between all the family drama and the meeting of deities, Cleo, Tarik and Babette also had some tim to visit the Fuwa Fuwa Cafe over at the comic Nakama Victory!
Thanks to Kei Esteban for the cameo!
User comments:
Keila Kittens edit delete reply
Keila Kittens
No problem, taking Breaks from Drama & Deities is quite important!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
"Drama & Deities" would be a good name if this chapter were an RPG campaign! :-D
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
"mortals coming to me to take a test"

what is she, the Department of Motor Vehicles?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Behold mortal, for now comes the part of the test that will unsettle your mind shake you to your very core: REVERSE PARKING!
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
I've got a GREAT feeling about this
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
When did meeting a deity ever have bad consequen- oh right, basically in most of Greek mythology...