30 days of devotion: where does Caffeina fit in her pantheon and culture?

How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?

 I write about the ancient myths of Caffeina, but I am well aware that Caffeina is not an ancient goddess.  Despite ties to Rome and north Africa which might imply otherwise, the literaray discussgoddess of coffee only dates back a few decades at best.  Thus, links to deities of ancient pantheons are going to be constructed after the fact, and there’s no modern pantheon that gets nearly the traction Caffeina herself has, so I think this is really about the culture she represents, not the pantheon.  If anything, a modern pantheon will coalesce around her, perhaps elevating her to the supreme seat the way the Orphics did with Dionysos . . . but we shall have to wait and see on that one.

Caffeina as stitched by blogger Liz

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Speaking solely as priest of Caffeina who has lived his entire life in the privileged white subculture of the United States, I believe the Dark Mother is evocative of the ever-increasing pressure to do more with less, and the impossibility of the task.  Matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed, so there will not be more tasks completed in less time without some additional source of energy, and a relatively low-cost way to obtain that energy in the short term is through coffee.

Coffee is a relatively new addition to the western world’s apothecary:  we’ve used alcohol and myriad other substances for healing and altered states, but coffee is one of the newest ones that was not created in a lab nor explicitly restricted in its use.  There’s no deity primarily associated with lysergic acid or Adderol, and I think that’s because you can’t get a tab of acid at the corner store and schoolteachers don’t hand out pills to aid in studying.  The above-named Dionysos is associated with wine because it’s been easily obtainable for millenia and also has powerful effects on the mind.  Coffee gets a goddess because its powerful is obvious.

Most often Caffeina is represented in a soothing posture:  serenely rising from a steaming cup, or gently offering a cup to the sky.  This speaks to our desire to see her (and coffee) as a source of inspiration, not agitation.  Representations of the goddess as frazzled or wired are much harder to find.

Caffeina is the goddess of the love of multi-tasking, and our continuing belief that it’s possible, if only we have enough coffee to get us through.

This post is part of a series, 30 days of devotion to Caffeina.

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