“Dragon Moon” is one of many myths created for my novels-in-progress based on my fantasy world Kolkha.
I used my background in Anthropology and extensive reading in feminist analysis of world mythology to craft the mythological background of Kolkha. The world of Kolkha is inspired by the archeological and historical record of the ancient kingdom of Qulka (Colchis in the Greek).
Waves of migrants from Andoulu (Anatolia) would have brought their own gods, including Tiamat, a primodial water god associated with Spring. In “Dragon Moon,” I chose to modify the myth of Tiamat and Marduk, inspired by the resilience of Tamar in Georgian myth.
For example, in one version of myth, the lightning-sky god Kopala is transformed into a smith, solidifying Tamar’s role as the premier firmament/sky and weather god.
Similarly Kukhili (Thunder) also known as Perkhili (Thunder-shaker-striker), was demoted from a sky god to become the name of Tamar’s sword.
Tabiti plays a critical role in my third novel, which reimagines the ancient Greek myth of Medea.
More? Download my illustrated, three-page PDF outlining the imaginary mythology of Kolkha.