Iridescence of Deities

First-hand accounts of contemporary experiences

{An iridescent or (pearly) “light body” is sometimes also ascribed to divinized mortals, among their various “light bodies” or “bodies of light” or of “luminosity”, which are to be attained by Taoist methods of "internal alchemy".}

(These are attainable through partial self-assimilation to the body of [depending on one's own gendre] Pearly Emperor or Pearly Empress of Heaven. The attainment would be in dreaming.)


The fluidic astral body features the seven colors of the rainbow in moving patches of color … . {What is a “fluidic” variety of astral body? Is the causal body not intended?} … Even in everyday circumstances people exchange blobs of astral colors unawares as a basic (and subconscious) energetic form of communication.” (Brendan D. Murphy : The Grand Illusion, Bk 1 : a Synthesis of Science and Spirituality. Balboa Pr (a division of Hay House), Bloomington (IN), 2012. p. 231. [citing :- Barbara Ann Brennan : Hands of Light. Bantam Bks, 1988. pp. 51-2])


[description of a divine vimana (flying-saucer)] "The interior was made of an ethereal mother-of-pearl stuff, iridescent with exquisite colors that gave off light."

The Secret of the Saucers, by Orfeo M. Angelucci. Amherst Press,

1955. (p. 20).

The destination was a city constructed of "substance that quivered with continuously changing color hues." (p. 97)

Cf. this mother-of-pearl flying-saucer with how "Each day, Shiho left heaven in a pearl-shell chariot drawn by six fiery young Loong {'dragons'} and passed by the Fusang tree." This goddess's plant "water spinach, ung choy, has thick hollow stems". ("Chinese Myth Legend 3 — Hou Yi Shot the Sun") {"Pearly Gates" is a commercial name for the beach-moonflower, which is of the same genus (namely, Ipomoea) as the waterspinach. The iridescent interior of the flying saucer is similar to that of the tunnel into the world-beyond-death, which is sometimes described as iridescent within --and which may be reminiscent of the hollow stem of the waterspinach; cf. also the "Pearly Gates" (into Hierosolume Nea) entred beyond death -- with the piercing of pearls for a passageway for sutra-thread of of labyrinthine utility for souls of the dead traversing the afterdeath-tunnel.}

This goddess "Xihe ... steered a cart pulled by six dragons" according to the S^an-hai Jin (Handbook of Chinese Mythology, by Lihui Yang & Deming An. Oxford U Pr, 2005. s.v. "Xihe", p. 216)

The Fu-san tree, described as having hibiscus-blossoms ("ChML3"), is enormous and having birds sitting in (alike to birds'-perch the mustard "tree" in the Euangelion according to Matthaios 13:32), but "with leaves as small as mustard seeds." (Chinese Myths and Legends, by Lianshan Chen. China Intercontinental Pr, 2009. p. 21)


I saw a beautiful iridescent sphere resting above an onyx sea, slowly rotating on a north-south axis. Drops of clear blue water rose up from this sea, midway through the dark air and back down, as if from an invisible fountain. … I moved closer towards the sphere to see what was in it. I saw ... the Christ of the Book of Revelation”. with reference to :-

Charles Hayes : Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures. {The iridescent sphaire is the Pearl of Great Price, mentioned not only in the Euangelia, but also (in the Apokalupsis of Ioannes 21:21) in 12fold guise as the 12 gates into Hierosolume Nea. [Where (in Mormon literature) it (Pearl of Great Price) is the name of a canonical scripture, this may imply a book having an iridescent guise.]} {The onyx is the double stone having inscribed (S^emo^t 28:9) on it – in two sets of 6 each (S^emo^t 28:10), similarly as the 6 each inscribed on 2 Tablets of the 12 Commandments at Sinay-- the 12 names (evidently corresponding to the 12 gates). The onyx sea may relate to the agate-colored realm mentioned in the H^at.t.abi scripture >Umm >al-Kitab (in Gnostic Bible, p. 724 ); and thus to the 'will-power' (/ras.o^n/, /thelema/).}


a dream where ... a bright heavenly realm of iridescent white maidens” [Falun Gong]


The primary traditional mythological references to iridescence : pearls & mother-of-pearl (abalone-shell etc.)

Various Hindu deities preside over different pearls, depending on their color:

· Black Pearls: Yamaraja

· Other dark pearls: Vishnu

· Fiery brilliant Pearls: Agni

· Red Pearls: Vayu

· Yellow Pearls: Varuna

· White or cream moon-like Pearls: Indra”

{Would this suggest that the bodies of those deities -- or perhaps some transcendental form of themselves -- may assume those iridescent colors?}


Tane (pronounced /Kane/ in modern Hawai>ian) the atua (/akua/, in modern Hawai>ian) of pearls and of effervescent water

"Kane owned a seashell so small that a man could hold it in his hand. {Is this "seashell" a pearlshell of mother-of-pearl?} If placed on the ocean waves it would quickly grow into a splendid sailing ship, larger than any owned by man, with sails the colour of mother of pearl. The owner only had to name his destination and he would be carried there in no time." (Jan Knappert : Pacific Mythology. Aquarian Pr, 1992. p. 148, s.v. "Kane Hoalani".) {Another such mythic ship which can be so shrunken when not in use, is the Norse Ski`dbladir. Ski`dbladnir is owned by Freyr, who according to Gri`mnis-ma`l 5 received as gift A`lf-heimr (homeland of elves) : the A`lfar and their god Freyr thus being aequivalent to (Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale Univ Pr, New Haven, CT, 1940. p. 328) "the Menehune, and their god Kane".}

"Polynesian mythology cites Tahitian pearls as the first cases of light, which were given by the Creator to Tane, God of harmony and beauty. This latter illuminated the vault of heaven with their light, and their forms and brightness inspired him to create the stars. Tane then brought them to Rua Hatu, God of the ocean in order for him to lighten his domain. Oro {proto-Polynesian /Koro/}, tutelary divinity of war and peace, working for Tane, entrusted human women who[m] he coveted to conceive his descendants, with the first pearls, as love token. At the achievement of his work, he gave "Te ufi", pearl oyster, to humans in memory of his voyage on earth.” [This is copied on other websites, such as ] {/Ufi/ < */ubi/ must be cognate with the /Ubbe/ (eponym of the Ubii tribe in Rheinland) mentioned by Saxo Grammaticus.}

Tane-mahuta is known to the Maori of Ao-tea-roa (New Zealand) as owner of divine Wai-Ora ('Water-[of-]Life', or 'Living Water', "in which the moon bathes and is given new life after it has died; in this way it is each month restored to life." (TE AO HOU 52:19 This water is said to be effervescent, and to it [according to the mythology of Futuna -- JPS 32:106, citing JPS 1:39] "the spirits of the dead come to restore youth and beauty." (,_No._127/Maori_personifications._Anthropogeny,_solar_myths_and_phallic_symbolism%3A_as_exemplified_in_the_demiurgic_concepts_of_Tane_and_Tiki,_by_Elsdon_Best,_p_53-69/p1 ) This (/Tane-waiora/) was the 3rd name assigned to him (Elsdon Best : Maori Religion and Mythology. A. R. Shearer, Wellington. p. 103 ) "by Ohomairangi Puhaorangi at the Moana-i-Orongo".

Because Tahitian Tane is a god of pearls, therefore if effervescence can be aequated with foaming (as sufficiently abundant effervescing will result in), then surely cf. "the pearly foam" ("The Little Mermaid", in :- Hans Christian Andersen : Fairy Tales. 1836; English translation published 1913, reprinted 1917. p. 161. ) apparent in a mermaid's transforming herself into a female sylph.

[New Zealand] "in the beginning the trees grew out of the sky pointing downwards. Tane pointed them the right way up and planted them firmly in the earth." (Jan Knappert : Pacific Mythology. Aquarian Pr, 1992. s.v. "Tane", p. 291.) Similar to Tane-mahuta's being god both of pearls and of trees, "Pearlescent colored flag with a tree" (according to the book "Me'Am Lo'ez" -- ) is that of tribe >as^er.


Australian aboriginal “Sorcerers perform their magic with pieces of quartz and mother of pearl, because their iridescence holds the life force of the Great Rainbow Snake.” &


Hawai>ian /momi/ ‘pearl’, cf. /nuku-momi/ ‘Caranx melampygus (lit. ‘pearly mouth’, a variety of jackfish)’, also known as /nuku-monue>u/

Apparently, what is a reduplicated form of /momi/ is /momomi/, same as /maomao/ (Kumulipo line 158) also known as (with praefixed /pohole/ ‘slipped back’) /maomao-pohole/, the same as /mamo/, (which is reduplicated as) /mamamo/ ‘Abudefduf abdominalis’. The Abudefduf abdominalis is involved in color-shifting, the male “often intensifying or changing his colors”. Color-shifting is extended even to the “eggs in one nest. The color of each batch varies with age.” (“HS”)

With another sargeant-major species, Abudefduf saxatilis, there is the same color-shifting : “Adult males adopt a bluish ground color when guarding eggs.” In this species, “At Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, this species feeds on spinner dolphins’ feces and vomits.” (“AS”) “The black durgon (Melichthys niger) is the most ubiquitous waste-eater, recognizing the postures a dolphin adopts prior to defecating or vomiting” (“SL”).

/mamo/ is also ‘Drepanis pacifica’ and ‘Drepanis funerea’ (both extinct, Hawai>ian honeycreeper birds) – plumage of Drepanis pacifica was black with yellow above and below the tail. also known as /hoa/ (lit. ‘to tie, bind’) – cf. the 2 yellow horizontal stripes on the (elsewhere on the body black) Tezcatli-poca.

pearl-oyster’ is /pipi/.

mother-of-pearl, pearlshell’ is /pa/, /uhi/, /ka>ope/ : /ka>ope/ (obsolete) = /ka/ ‘cross-stitching; to make net-meshes’ + />ope/ ‘bundle; to tie in a bundle’). {N.B. tied in a bundle are the rods of the fasces, whereof /fasc-/ is likely derived from */Bhask-/ :}

(whence /BHASKara/ ‘light-maker’, the name of a sun-god) :

{Andromede, who “outshone” (CDCM, s.v. “Cassiopia”) the Nerei:des,

whereas the Mewan (Miwok) sun-goddess is iridescent-bodied (SLAA, p. 8.).

They succeeded in binding the Sun-Woman” (SLAA, p. 7).}

was “bound” (CDCM, s.v. “Andromeda”).}

{[Miwok] “THE world was dark. The only light anywhere was He’-koo-lās the Sun-woman. She lived far away in the east.

The people wanted light, and O’-ye the Coyote-man sent two men to bring He’-koo-lās. They traveled a long time, for they had far to go. When they came to the place where she lived she refused to go back with them. So they came back alone and told O’-ye.

Then he sent more men; this time he sent enough men to bring her whether she wanted to come or not. They made the long journey to her home and tied her with ropes and brought her back to make light for the people.

Her entire body was covered with ah’-wook–the beautiful iridescent shells of the abalone; these made her shine so brightly that she gave off light and it was hard to look at her.” (DW)}

{[Yaki/Yoeme] "The hopo'orosim - abalone or mother-of-pearl necklace, is protection from evil and has the Yoeme sun symbol, shaped like a cross." ("PPD") -- This "sun symbol" is a Maltese Cross ("YPM").}

"adolescent girls magically seduced ... . In one spell ... she said : "... My skin should be beautiful like a pearlshell."" ("B&ThSW", p. 106)

origin of menarche : "female sky beings ... rubbed themselves against a banana tree in which human men had placed ... pieces of pearl shell, causing the women to bleed" ("CCC", p. 129).

"The yam stone is said to be like "a beautiful girl during menarche."" ("CCC", p. 129) {cf. kumara (sweet potato) of Rono the Maori rainbow-god.} {The name /Rono/ is pronounced by Sandwich Islanders /Lono/. /Makaiwa/ is defined "Mother-of-pearl eyes, as in an image, especially of the god Lono. Lit., mysterious eye." 'Mysterious' is /aiwaiwa/; and /aiwa/ is defined as having the same meaning as /aiwaiwa/; so that /Makaiwa/ is a contracted form of /Maka-aiwa/.}

/pa/ is also ‘section of a net’. /uhi/ is also ‘mark made by the gall of the pupu->awa (Drupa ricinus, Thais aperta) shellfish as ornament.

main reference :- Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert : Hawaiian Dictionary. Univ Pr of HI, Honolulu, 1971.

HS” = “HAWAIIAN SERGEANT Abudefduf abdominalis

AS” = “Abudefduf saxatilis ... Sergeant-major”

SL” = “Stenella longirostris”

SLAA = Sun Lore of All Ages, by William Tyler Olcott. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1914.

DW = The Dawn of the World; Myths and Weird Tales Told by the Mewan [Miwok] Indians of California; Collected and Edited by C. Hart Merriam; Cleveland: Arthur H. Clarke Co., [1910]. (December 1st, 2011)

"PPD" = "Pahko'ola - Pascola Dancer"

"YPM" = "Yoeme Pahko'ola Mask"

CDCM = Pierre Grimal : A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. 1990.

"B&ThSW" = Aletta Biersack : "Batchelors and Their Spirit Wife". In:- Pascale Bonneme`re (ed.) : Women as Unseen Characters ... in Papua New Guinea. U of PA Pr, Philadelphia, 2004. pp. 98-115. &

"CCC" = Andrew Strathern & Pamela J. Stewart : "Cults, Closures, Collaborations". In :- Women as Unseen Characters ... in Papua New Guinea. pp. 116-134.


Tapestry, clothing, reptile-scales, or bird-feathers stated to be iridescent

China : “Chang K'ien noticed a beautiful young maiden, along the bank of the river, weaving a magnificent tapestry of iridescent colors on her loom.” She was “the Weaving Goddess Chih Nü”. [the star Altair]

Hawai>i : “Ku-kahau-ula (The Pink Tinted Snow's Arrival), the Pink-Tinted Snow-God of Mauna Kea,” is wearing a “iridescent pink robe”.

Maori of New Zealand : “The demi-god Maui was a trickster. His mother Taranga disappeared at dawn everyday. He delayed her by hiding her clothes. She searched for them; eventually she left without them. Maui turned himself into a Kereru and wore his mothers skirt. That is how the Kereru got its beautiful plumage. Their feathers are iridescent green”. [The Kuku, Kukupa, or Kereru, also known as the Wood Pigeon]

The Creek Indian deity “Tie Snake” is “armoured with crystalline scales that glowed iridescently” (Bill Grantham : Creation Myths and Legends of the Creek Indians. U Pr of FL, 2002. p. 24 ). [This is the actual physical appearance of the extant Amazonian species “rainbow anaconda” (/amarun cuichi/ in Quichua) of Canelos Quichua (in Ecuador) deity "Sungui" (Norman E. Whitten & Dorothea S. Whitten : Puyo Runa : Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia. Univ of IL Pr, 2008. p. 49. ), indicating that the Creek Indians may have had knowledge of it by (perhaps) either remote viewing or astral projection, if not visiting its divine habitat.]

Other materials which are sometimes iridescent

According to some North American Indians, “the iridescent blue and green that can be seen in the glossy black feathers of the raven” repraesent “magic”; “The Shinto goddess, Amaterasu is sometimes represented as a giant raven, Yata-Garasu.” {Amaterasu is the Sun-goddess; cf. the iridescent Miwok Sun-goddess.

It is perhaps because of the brilliant whiteness of the material sun that :} according to the Haida, formerly “Raven was white”; while in Greenland it is said that “The raven and the diver were once white birds.”

Opals (not really iridescent, however)

Opals are basically "wet" rocks, meaning that water is trapped within their crystaline structure, (which gives the stone it's beautiful iridescence)”; and the Australian aboriginal “The Wangkumara people have a legend which tells how their people gained fire from opal stones with the assistance of a Muda - a Creator who switches from human form to pelican.”