Chaneth, Lady of the Harvest, is the Earth Mother of agriculture, crops, rain and growing weather. She is a generally benevolent figure, and holds a seat among the Higher Nine. But despite her overall depiction as a generous and kindly figure, Chaneth can be stern and wrathful when her beloved lands are polluted or profaned. She holds strong relations with many of the fellow Higher Nine, particularly the fertility goddess Larra, the beast-god Alvoran and the sun-god Kaeal. Her most bitter enemy is Phouth, who works directly against her to spread famine, blight and disease.
The Rasennan faith of the Seven-and-Twenty represents Chaneth with the holy symbol of a sunflower, sometimes depicted as a sun emblem surrounded by leaves. Cows and turtles are sacred to her, the former as an emblem of the farmer’s pact with the land, the latter as a symbol of the rainmaker. Almost any edible plant is sacred to the goddess, though sunflowers are particularly prized.
Most Rasennan depictions of the Lady of the Harvest show her as a voluptuous woman in late youth or early middle age, usually with great ram’s horns, frequently in flowing green garments. She is frequently shown bearing a scythe or sickle in one hand and a sheaf of grain in the other. Rural temples typically adapt her iconography to incorporate the agricultural strengths of the region: in the Basilica of Sacred Earth in Canteria, for instance, the great statue of Chaneth shows her with a belt of laden grapevines, and the murals show draft horses prominent among the animals that serve her. Her most common omens take the form of suddenly flowering or fruiting plants.
The goddess’ faithful typically observe weekly services each Cropsday. Each of the Betweening Days is significant to the faith, but Harvest’s Birth in particular is a time of high ritual and holy festivals. Unsurprisingly, the majority of her worshippers are rural and more given to the Humble Faith than to the Tradition of Intercession. The typical Chanethi worship service is a simple thanksgiving, usually with food or drink shared in communion. Services can become more vigorous, however: celebrations such as weddings, giving thanks for a birth, or Harvest’s Birth are often sacred feasts where the wine or beer flows freely.
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