THE ELVEN HIGH GODDESS AVÁ THE BEAUTIFUL

(Elvish: "the One") Avá is interpreted as the High Goddess, who - according to the myths of the Cárpa'dosía - created the world of Aér'aí'chán as She began to dream the Dream of Dreams, the Dream of Herself, the Dream which will continue till infinity or till the Dreameress awakes from her slumber.

View picture in full size Avá the Beautiful, who is mirrored in her inseperable counterpart Coór, the Shadow Himself. Image drawn by Artimidor.

The Axhái, the elder elves, very often call Her the One, the Only, the Eternal, the Great Mother, She Who Dreameth Forth All Things, finally Avá, the Compassionate, Avá, the Just and - most important for elven cosmology - Avá, the Beautiful. As the High Goddess and the Dreamer of the World indeed is only worshipped by the elven race, the elves also call Her the Forgotten One, the Lost One, the Unappreciated One and - eventually - Avá, the Unreal, in order to reflect the hybris of the other earthlings which made them reject the First and Only One.

It is said that in Her Dream Avá got to know Herself only by viewing Her image in the universal mirror and the image of Herself was the Other of Herself, but this Other was Coór, the Shadow Himself. And it is said furthermore that Avá thought about waking up from Her Dream, alas, she couldn't as She had given Her Spirit to Her children, the Spirit which was Herself. Avá, thus tell the Cárpa'dosía, dreams Her Dream forever, and the Dream is Herself and yet it isn't. One last devine Thought is reported of the Goddess in the myth: The thought of Avá that She Herself is only a dream, a dream of another She doesn't know.

The most famous prayer used by the elves to pray to Avá is called "O Lady Fair" and was translated by the human poet Dar'seideous to the Tharian tongue:


"Avá, Avá, O Lady fair
From whom all beauty flows
None to You can compare
We bask within Your glow 

Avá, Avá, O Lady fair
To whom we are but fleeting dreams
We ask You give us solace here
Amid a world of evil things

Avá, Avá, O Lady fair
Forsake us not in time of need
Give us strength to fight our fears
And praise shall ever be given Thee"

In times of hardship often an additional verse is added, begging the Goddess to give guidance:

"Avá, Avá, O Lady fair
So pure and so kind
Answer this our humble prayer
And forever shall we be thine"

See also: Cárpa'dosía: Chapter I - Of the Dream of Dreams

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