The archetype for the characters that possess or have traits of the Dark Mother. Variation of Dark Divinity and Mother Goddess Physiology. Not to be confused with just Dark God Physiology.

Also Called

  • Dark Goddess
  • Dark Maiden or Dark Matron
  • The Dark Mother

Properties

As an archetype, the Dark Mother is a powerful female divinity, Goddesses that represents life, death, earth, the night, sexuality, and deep magical energies, and she comes in many forms. She has also been seen as demonic/divine demonic like Lilith, however this is not all of the dark mother figures. Dark Mother’s have also been associated with nurturing, birthing, children, the sick, the elderly, the dead and the dying. Her image appears in all cultures: African, Hindu, Christian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and countless other cultural and religious sources.

The Dark Mother has also been called the Dark Maiden or Matron depending on the physical looking age of the goddess.

Unlike her supposed dark counterpart the Dark Father, they actually couldn't be further apart in their goals and agendas, having nothing to do with each other as the dark mother isn't always an evil figure like the name would suggest. In most cases it implies to her underworld status or for her somewhat harsher nature and even for her use of the dark arts.

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Cultures

Associations

Flaws/Weaknesses

Example Characters

Books/Novels

  • Shub-Niggurath (H.P. Lovecraft)

Comics

  • Hecate (Marvel Comics)
  • Nyx (Marvel Comics)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Lilith (Babylonian/Sumerian/Esoteric Judaism/Hebrew)
  • Black Madonna (Catholicism)
  • Caoranach (Celtic Mythology)
  • Mary Magdalene (Esoteric Catholicism)
  • Hecate/Trivia (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Nyx/Nox (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Persephone/Kore/Proserpina (Greco-Roman Mythology)
  • Echidna (Greek Mythology)
  • Diti (Hindu Mythology)
  • Kali (Hindu Mythology)
  • Coatlicue (Mayan Mythology)
  • Ereshkigal (Mesopotamian Mythology)
  • Tiamat (Mesopotamian Mythology)
  • Angrboda (Norse Mythology)
  • Baba Yaga (Slavic Mythology)

Television/Movies

  • Hecate (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
    • Maiden, Mother and Crone
  • Lilith (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Video Games

  • Mabuka (Fran Bow)
  • Nyx (Persona series)
  • Kiara Sessyoin (TYPE-MOON)
  • Tiamat (TYPE-MOON)

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