|Titles||The Maker |
|Type||Old World God|
|Relatives||Taal (husband) |
Rhya, the Mother-goddess, is the goddess of the fertility of the earth and love.
She is the wife of Taal. Rhya is the personification of the Mother-goddess of the Old Faith, but her husband Taal has taken over most of the aspects of Rhya as a deity of the earth and the natural world.
Rhya is depicted as the personification of mother earth - a lovely, motherly woman, her hair a tangle of flowers and branches. She is also depicted as a doe.
Another Aspect of the goddess is Haleth, Goddess of Hunting. [1a]
Rhya is the Earth Mother, the goddess of all that grows and lives, midwife of animals, and the goddess of gentle winds, springtime rain, crop plants, and the gentler aspects of nature. She represents the fertility and bounty of the earth and mothers everywhere. In more urban areas some of these aspects are credited to Shallya, the goddess of Healing and Mercy.
It is Rhya to whom the people of the Old World pray to for fair winds, moderate rains, healthy plants and animals. Wife of Taal, god of Nature and Wild Places, Rhya is seen as the more merciful and gentle of the pair, and is often asked to intercede with her husband to calm his rages.
The ancient stone tablets recovered in the Kölsa hills in Talabecland and later translated by Teclis confirmed that the tribes who sought refuge in the reik basin worshipped the Mother, a fertility goddess of creation. [2a]
In modern times, Rhya does not have her own cult or temples, at least in her Old World aspect. Much of her worship has been incorporated with the Cult of Taal. Some temples worship the married couple.
Rhya shares most of Taal's main festive days: the summer and winter solstices and the autumn equinox.
There she was originally known as Ishea. [2b]
Notes & sources
- 1: Salzenmund (book)
- 1a: Outside the Walls, pg. 89
- 2: Tome of Salvation
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd edition, p. 179
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd edition, p. 174
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 1986, 1989, 1995, p. 205
- The Enemy Within, 1986, 1995, p. 21