|Occupation||Embodiment of nature and life, "creator" of the tauren|
The Earth Mother, also known as the Earthmother or Mother Earth, is a gentle, seemingly transcendent and immortal being worshiped primarily by tauren (although also acknowledged by some orc shaman, the centaur and at least one frost nymph) as the creator of the land. Her eyes are the sun (An'she) and moon (Mu'sha).
Through her, the tauren have deep ties to nature.
Creation of the land
Before the Age of Memory, the Earthmother breathed upon the mists of dawn. Where the golden clouds came to rest, there were endless fields of flowing wheat and barley that became the great basket of life and hope - the basin of her works.
The Earthmother's eyes shone down upon the lands she created: one gave warmth and light and the other gave peace and sleep to the stirring creatures of the dawning. The creator's loving gaze was so powerful that she closed one dreaming eye for every turning of the sky, thus turned day into night for the first dawning of the world.
When the creator spread her arms out across the golden plains, the shu'halo arose from the soil wherever the arms' shadow had passed. The first tauren thanked and prayed to their mother and swore to bless her name until the ultimate darkening of the world.
As the tauren roamed the newly created fields, they fell prey of dark whispers of the earth that thought them of war and deceit. With her heart heavy with her children's fall from grace, the Earthmother tore out her eyes and set them spinning across the skies.
Though sightless, the shu'halo's mother could not long stray from the world she loved. Keeping her ear to the winds and listening to all that transpired across the land, her great heart and loving wisdom would always be always with her children.
The exodus of the shu'halo
When the murderous centaur horde came from the black lands of the west and the Earthmother's blessed ones could not defeat them, the tauren were forced to leave their ancestral holdings behind and become nomads forever after. However, it was held that one day the scattered shu'halo tribes would find a new home under the loving arms of the Earthmother.
Philosophy and cultural purpose
The Earth Mother is regarded in tauren culture the same way Elune is in kaldorei culture. Both are meant to be the stabilizing factor in the shifting lives of their respective peoples.
In the RPG
The Earth Mother is the tauren ideal of all the spirits of nature. She is the benevolent goddess of the tauren, who believe that the deity is responsible for all the natural beauty of the world. They see her smiling face in the sky, the stones, the sands, and the seas.
She lives in the rivers, trees, plains and mountains of Azeroth. She is the embodiment of nature. All lesser nature spirits come from the Earth Mother, and return to her upon death. The Earth Mother represents all the animistic forces of nature. River-spirits, sea-spirits, tree-spirits, rock-spirits, and animal spirits all reflect one facet of the Earth Mother.
In a sense, tauren see the Earth Mother as a sort of universal consciousness. While individual spirits represent a particular location, animal or object, such as the spirit of a single tree or the spirit of a valley, the Earth Mother represents the land. She is everywhere life and nature is. The only spirits separate from the Earth Mother are the spirits of sentient creatures. Tauren ancestor spirits live in harmony with the Earth Mother, but are not part of her.
Tauren religion teaches to respect and love the Earth Mother by treating her body, the land, and her children, the plants and animals of the world, with respect. Tauren disrupt the natural balance of the land as little as possible. They take only what they need from the land and eschew mass logging and mining. They respect the animals they hunt and never wastefully discard animal carcasses.
The shaman and priests of the Wildhammer dwarves entertain the people on cold nights with myths of nature and the Earth Mother.
Priests of the Earth Mother can gain access to the Animal, Elements and Spirits domains.
- There is also a Deep Mother, which seems similar, but unrelated to the tauren.
- Wildhammer dwarves worship the Earth Mother.
- According to Bena Winterhoof, the Earth Mother spoke to her and told her to save the Forsaken.
- According to Torwa Pathfinder, the gorilla U'cha is one of the Earth Mother's greatest sons.
- There is also a Sky Father.
- It appears that some orc shaman also revere the Earth Mother.
- According to Loh'atu, a tauren quest-giver in Azshara, the Earthmother "is in all things on this planet and beyond [and] her eyes, one dark and one light travel across the skies always gazing down on us."
- According to Sergra Darkthorn, "the land, the water, and the sky are all as one. It is your eyes that deceive you with such separation. The Earthmother is all those things and more."
- The Earth Mother is, at least, known by the frost nymphs.
- It is said that during the Year 25, the Earth Mother sent the Blue Child away to learn about the universe because of the coming of the Burning Legion.
The Identity of the Earth Mother
The Earth Mother is often speculated to be the same individual as many other similar deities in other cultures.
- The Earth Mother could be Therazane the Stonemother, one of the four Elemental Lords.
- She could be Eonar, a member of the Pantheon and patron of all life.
- The Earth Mother could be Azeroth, the planet itself.
- She may also be the tauren's perception of Azeroth, the slumbering world-soul within the planet.
- Adversely, the Earth Mother may be a groundless belief; a construct designed to explain the existence of Azeroth itself.
- ^ a b c d e Mists of Dawn
- ^ a b c Sorrow of the Earthmother
- ^ Spirit Walker quotes
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 66
- ^ Hatred of the Centaur
- ^ a b c d e f Bennie, Scott; Richard Farrese, Bob Fitch. Horde Player's Guide, 92. ISBN 9781588467720.
- ^ a b White Wolf. Alliance Player's Guide, 144. ISBN 9781588467737.
- ^ Arthaus. Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 52. ISBN 9781588460714.
- ^ Lands of Mystery, page 135
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg. 207
- ^ Earthmender Wilda: May the Earthmother watch over you.
- ^ Earthmender Torlok during : Praise the Earthmother. I am certain that Wilda will find her way home. Please accept this as a token of our appreciation.
- ^ Aggralan during : May the Earth Mother watch over you.
- ^ Aggralan during : Earth Mother willing, you and the shadow hunters will expel the Warsong from Telaar.
- ^ a b Sergra Darkthorn
- ^ Loh'atu during
- ^ File:Bluemoon.jpg This information was presented as coming from a Blizzard Game Master and it should be noted that it has not been made clear if Blizzard representatives hold the authority to create or even clarify lore, so this information may or may not be canon. It is also possible that the screenshot is not authentic and legit at all, so this information should probably be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation.
- ^ A Bitter Reunion "The Horde has a sickness in it. We wage war while the Earth Mother dies."