Among the ancient Inca, the Aclla Cuna or Virgins of the Sun were selected from girls aged 8-10 who had special beauty. They spent their lives in temple convents and prepared food, corn beer and tended the sacred fire. They also spun very fine thread and wove garments for the emperor to be used in special ceremonies and sacrifices.
Spinning and Weaving Mythology
The textile arts of weaving and spinning have always been of great importance to many cultures. Weavers and spinners have been revered as goddesses in mythology.
Paivatar - Finland's goddess of weaving and the Sun
Origin of Silk
“Chinese legend gives the title Goddess of Silk to Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor, who was said to have ruled China in about 3000 BC. She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom”
The emperor Huang-Ti ordered his wife Hsi-Ling-Shi to investigate what was eating the leaves on his mulberry trees. She found white worms that spin shiny cocoons. According to the story, she accidentally dropped one of these cocoons into her hot tea and a delicate filament separated itself. She drew it out, unwinding a long single strand. Hsi-Ling-Shi had discovered silk.
Blonde and the Cute Sheep
A humorous sheep joke, submitted by one of our members.
Fairy tales often feature weavers and spinners with powers of wisdom and ingenuity.
Ancient mythological tales about weaving and spinning.
A beautiful weaver’s poem written by a dear friend of mine.
In fairy tales, spinners and weavers often display qualities of power, wisdom and magic.
The Finnish epic poem, the Kalevala, has many references to the weaving and spinning goddesses. Here are some passages from this famous folklore.
Spinning and Weaving Goddesses
The arts of spinning and weaving have magical properties to the uninitiated. Spinners and weavers have been revered throughout the ages, in many cultures.
Pop Goes the Weasel - Is this a spinning song?