Special Sub-Topic: "Shelters Of Stone" Earth's Children Series, Pt. 5
|When Ayla and Jondalar first arrived at the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, who was the first person to formally greet Ayla?|
Joharran. When the people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii saw Ayla and Jondalar on the backs of Whinney and Racer, they were intimidated and scared. Folara, Jondalar's little sister, broke away from the forming crowd and ran over to her brother, but didn't formally greet them. Jondalar walked into the Ninth Cave with Folara, leaving Ayla with Whinney, Racer, and Wolf. When he came back out, he was followed by many people, including the leader of the Ninth Cave, Joharran, his brother. Joharran formally greeted Ayla, followed soon after by Folara. Joharran also greeted Wolf, although he was a little leery of meeting a full grown wolf.
|What is the birth name of the First Among Those Who Served The Mother?|
Zolena. Zolena was Jonalar's donii-woman when he first became a man. She taught him how to give a woman Pleasures, and how to open a young girl for First Rites. Zolena was accepted in the zelandonia and soon became the First of the Zelandoni. With this acceptance, Zolena had to give up her identity. The Zelandoni are spiritual leaders of the Zelandonii. When Jondalar returned from his long Journey with Ayla, five years had passed. Zelandoni was now an obese woman with three chins. Everyone called her Zelandoni, because she was First Among Those Who Served The Mother. The Zelandonis of the other caves were known as Zelandoni, but they also attached the number or name of their cave to the name, to show a difference.
|When Zelandoni doesn't want to be disturbed while she is meditating, what does she do?|
She wears her ivory chest plaque with the plain, undecorated side showing. When Zelandoni wears her ivory chest plaque with the plain, undecorated side showing, it means she is deep in meditation and doesn't want to be disturbed, unless it's an emergency. However, if she is wearing the chest plaque with the decorated side showing it means that anyone can approach her.
|What did Marthona retrieve from a covered wooden box and give to Ayla?|
A necklace that belonged to Dalanar's mother. Marthona told Ayla that she saved the necklace that belonged to Dalanar's mother for the woman whom Jondalar would mate. The necklace was made of matched shells, ivory carved into the shape of a female deer's head, and deer teeth. An amber pendant hung in the center of it.
|What are the names of Folara's two friends?|
Galeya and Ramila. Ramila is a plump, attractive, brown haired girl. Galeya is a thin young girl with red hair. They are Folara's friends and age-mates. They are awed by Ayla.
|As Ayla and Jondalar were about to make love for the second time at The River, who interrupted them?|
Marona, Portula, and Lorava. Marona had eavesdropped on Folara's conversation with Ramila and Galeya, when Folara mentioned that Ayla and Jondalar were going to The River to swim and bathe. Marona rounded up two of her friends, and together they spied on Ayla and Jondalar. Jondalar was surprised to see Marona, much less Portula and Lorava. He knew Marona was still upset that he left her before their Matrimonial, five years before, to go on the long Journey with his brother, Thonolan. Marona claimed she was there to befriend Ayla, and she offered to give Ayla some clothes to wear for the Welcome Feast, that was set for that night. Marona invited Ayla back to her dwelling, so she could help Ayla dress for the occasion. Jondalar felt a fearful dread wash over him when he watched Ayla walk away with Marona, Portula, and Lorava.
|What did Marona give to Ayla to wear at the Welcome Feast?|
Boys' winter underwear. Marona had laid out several different outfits for Ayla to choose from. Ayla was unaware that all of the outfits were inappropriate for a woman. Most were too big, and Ayla didn't like them. However, Ayla did find an outfit that fit her just right, but she was unaware that even that was inappropriate because it was boys winter underwear. Marona, Portula, Lorava, and Wylopa, who was Marona's cousin, knew what that it was boys winter underwear. Marona did this so Ayla would become such a disgrace to Marthona and the Ninth Cave that they would forbid her mating to Jondalar. When Ayla arrived at the Welcome Feast, everyone laughed at her. Jondalar rushed over to her and asked her why she was wearing boys winter underwear. Ayla then realized that all of the clothes that Marona had laid out for her were inappropriate. However, Ayla refused to change her clothing, and stood her ground. She wore the winter underwear during the Welcome Feast, and eventually everyone stopped laughing. Because Ayla had a fantastic body and full breasts, she gave the outfit a different meaning. When Marona, Portula, Lorava, and Wylopa arrived at the Feast, they realized that their cruel joke had turned on them. No one would even talk to them, much less look at them.
|What is the name of the fermented beverage that Laramar of The Ninth Cave of The Zelandonii is noted for?|
Barma. Laramar introduced Ayla to this beverage at the Welcome Feast. The barma, Ayla realized, was similiar to Talut's bouza. Talut was the Headman of the Lion Camp of The Mamutoi, the people who adopted Ayla before she left with Jondalar on the Journey. Laramar was the lowest ranking member of the Ninth Cave, and vilified by the entire Cave.
|Which member of the Ninth Cave reminded Ayla of Broud?|
Brukeval. Brukeval, Jondalar's distant cousin, was part Clan. Whenever anyone mentioned this Brukeval became extremely upset, almost to the point of violence. Brukeval's malevolent glare at Charezal, the man who called him a flathead, reminded Ayla so much of Broud, the man who raped her when she was ten years old.
|What is the name of the area where people go to work on projects that are either too big or messy for their own Cave?|
Down River. Down River is right down Wood River, which runs past the Ninth Cave. It's a place where people go to work on projects that are too messy or too big for their own Cave. At Down River, people also talk to other craftsmen about their project.
|What is the nickname that Folara calls Jondalar?|
Jonde & Jondé & Jonde'. Folara called Jondalar this ever since she learned how to talk. It's a special name that only she calls him.
|Who was the first person, besides Jondalar, that Ayla told she was pregnant?|
Marthona. On the morning of Ayla's third day with the Ninth Cave, Marthona gave her a beautiful tunic to wear for her upcoming Matrimonial to Jondalar. Ayla kindly accepted the tunic, but told Marthona that she already had a Matrimonial outfit that Nezzie of The Lion Camp of The Mamutoi had made for her. Marthona said that it would be appropriate for Ayla to wear the Mamutoi Matrimonial outfit. Ayla said she wanted to surprise everyone, and Marthona agreed that it would be a surprise. Ayla then told her that she had another surprise, she told Marthona that she was carrying Jondalar's baby.
|Where was the first spear-thrower demonstration held?|
Two Rivers Rock. Two Rivers Rock is also known as The Third Cave of The Zelandonii. The rivers that helped name Two Rivers Rock are The River and Grass River. The spear-thrower demonstration was held here at the request of Joharran, because The Third Cave is considered to have the best hunting grounds, hunters, and lookouts.
|During the hunt, before the Summer Meeting, a person was killed. What was this person's name?|
Shevonar. The hunting party originally wanted to go for the bison, however, because the bison had moved from the vicinity, they decided to go for the megaceros. Meanwhile, Ayla and Jondalar, riding Whinney and Racer, told Joharran that they would go and see just how far the bison had moved from the surround. After the hunters successfully killed the megaceros, Ayla and Jondalar returned with news that the bison were heading back toward the surround. This made Joharran think that maybe they could have the bison, too. Ayla and Jondalar went ahead to start bringing the bison closer to the surround. The hunting party walked to the surround and got everything prepared. They stood behind the panels of the surround for protection. Ayla and Jondalar, with Wolf helping, made the bison stampede toward the surround. When the bison were in sight of the hunters, the hunters started heaving their spears. However, Shevonar, from the Ninth Cave, was mortally wounded when a bison, who was hurt with a spear, kept going straight toward him. Shevonar was trampled by the giant beast. Jondalar's spear found its mark and brought the stampeding beast down, where it was dispatched humanely. Ayla, seeing that Shevonar was critically injured, immediately went to his side and took charge of the situation. She made a poultice of spikenard roots and comfrey to ease Shevonar's pain. Unfortunately, Shevonar died soon after his mate, Relona, arrived. The next day the Zelandonia prepared him for his burial. He was buried the following day.
|What song did Zelandoni perform at the burial?|
The Mother's Song & Mother's Song & The Mothers song & Mothers Song. The Mother's Song is as follows:
"Out of the darkness, the chaos of time, the whirlwind gave birth to the Mother sublime. She woke to Herself knowing life had great worth, the dark empty void grieved the Great Mother Earth.
The Mother was lonely. She was the only.
From the dust of Her birth She created the other, a pale shining friend, a companion, a brother. They grew up together, learned to love and to care, and when She was ready, they decided to pair.
Around Her he'd hover. Her pale shining lover.
She was happy at first with Her one counterpart. Then the Mother grew restless, unsure in Her heart. She loved Her fair friend, Her dear complement, but something was missing, Her love was unspent.
She was the Mother. She needed another.
She dared the great void, the chaos, the dark, to find the cold home of the life giving spark. The whirlwind was fearsome, the darkness complete. Chaos was freezing, and reached out for Her heat.
The Mother was brave. The danger was grave.
She drew from cold chaos the creative source, then conceiving within, She fled with life-force. She grew with the life that She carried inside, and gave of Herself with love and with pride.
The Mother was bearing. Her life She was sharing.
The dark empty void and the vast barren Earth, with anticipation, awaited the birth. Life drank from Her blood, it breathed from Her bones. It split Her skin open and sundered Her stones.
The Mother was giving. Another was living.
Her gushing birth waters filled rivers and seas, and flooded the land, giving rise to the trees. From each precious drop new grass and leaves grew, and lush verdant plants made all the Earth new.
Her waters were flowing. New green was growing.
In violent labor spewing fire and strife, She struggled in pain to give birth to new life. Her dried clotted blood turned to red-ochred soil, but the radiant child made it all worth the toil.
The Mother's great joy. A bright shining boy.
Mountains rose up spouting flames from their crests, She nurtured Her son from Her mountainous breasts. He suckled so hard, the sparks flew so high, the Mother's hot milk laid a path through the sky.
His life had begun. She nourished Her son.
He laughed and he played, and he grew big and bright. He lit up the darkness, the Mother's delight. She lavished Her love, he grew bright and strong, but soon he matured, not a child for long.
Her son was near grown. His mind was his own.
She took from the source for the life She'd begun. Now the cold empty void was enticing Her son. The Mother gave love, but the youth longed for more, for knowledge, excitement, to travel, explore.
Chaos was Her foe. But Her son yearned to go.
He stole from Her side as the Great Mother slept, while out of the dark swirling void chaos crept. With tempting inducements the darkness beguiled, deceived by the whirlwind, chaos captured Her child.
The dark took Her son. The young brilliant one.
The Mother's bright child, at first overjoyed, was soon overwhelmed by the bleak frigid void. Her unwary offspring, consumed with remorse, could not escape the mysterious force.
Chaos would not free Her rash progeny.
But just as the dark pulled into the cold, the Mother woke up, reached out and caught hold. To help Her recover Her radiant son, the Mother appealed to the pale shining one.
The Mother held tight, and kept him in sight.
She welcomed him back, Her lover of old, with heartache and sorrow, Her story She told. Her dear friend agreed to join in the fight, to rescue Her child from his perilous plight.
She told of Her grief, and the dark swirling thief.
The Mother was tired, She had to recover, She loosened Her hold to Her luminous lover. While She was sleeping, he fought the cold force, and for a time drove back to the source.
His spirit was strong. The encounter too long.
Her fair shining friend struggled hard, gave his best, the conflict was bitter, the struggle hard pressed. His vigilance waned as he closed his great eye, then darkness crept close, stole his light from the sky.
Her pale friend was tiring. His light was expiring.
When darkness was total, She woke with a cry. The tenebrious void hid the light from the sky. She joined in the conflict, was quick to defend, and drove the dark shadow away from Her friend.
But the pale face of night let Her son out of sight.
Trapped by the whirlwind, Her bright fiery son, gave no warmth to the Earth, cold chaos had won. The fertile green life was now ice and snow, and sharp piercing wind continued to blow.
The Earth was bereft. No green plants were left.
The Mother was weary, grieving and worn, but She reached out again for the life She had borne. She couldn't give up, She needed to strive, for the glorious light of Her son to survive. She continued the fight to bring back the light. And Her luminous friend was prepared to contest, the thief who held captive the child of Her breast. Together they fought for the son She adored. Their efforts succeeded, his light was restored.
His energy burned. His brilliance returned.
But the bleak frigid dark craved his bright glowing heat. The Mother defended and would not retreat. The whirlwind pulled hard, She refused to let go, She fought to a draw with Her dark swirling foe. She held darkness at bay, but her son was away.
When She fought the whirlwind and made chaos flee, the light from Her son glowed with vitality.
When the Mother grew tired, the bleak void held sway, and darkness returned at the end of the day. She felt warmth from Her son, but neither had won. The Great Mother lived with the pain in Her heart, that She and Her son were forever apart. She ached for the child that had been denied, so She quickened once more from the life force inside. She was not reconciled to the loss of Her child. When She was ready, Her waters of birth, brought back the green life to the cold barren Earth. And the tears of Her loss, abundantly spilled, made dew drops that sparkled and rainbows that thrilled.
Birth waters brought green, but Her tears could be seen.
With a thunderous roar Her stones split asunder, and from the great cave that opened deep under, She birthed once again from Her cavernous room, and brought forth the Children of Earth from Her womb.
From the Mother forlorn, more children were born.
Each child was different, some were large and some small, some could walk and some fly, some could swim and some crawl. But each form was perfect, each spirit complete, each one was a model whose shape could repeat.
The Mother was willing. The green Earth was filling.
All the birds and fish and the animals born, would not leave the Mother, this time, to mourn. Each kind would live near the place of its birth, and share the expanse of the Great Mother Earth.
Close to Her they would stay. They could not run away.
They all were Her children, they filled Her with pride, but they used up the life force She carried inside. She had enough left for a last innovation, a child who'd remember Who made the creation. A child who'd respect and learn to protect. First Woman was born full grown and alive, and given Gifts she would need to survive. Life was the First Gift, and life Mother Earth, she woke to herself knowing life had great worth.
First Woman defined. The first of her kind.
Next was the Gift of Perception, of learning, the desire to know, the Gift of Discerning. First Woman was given knowledge within, that would help her to live and pass on to her kin.
First Woman would know how to learn, how to grow.
Her life force near gone, the Mother was spent, to pass on Life's Spirit had been Her intent. She caused all of Her children to create life anew, and Woman was blessed to bring forth life, too.
But Woman was lonely. She was the only.
The Mother remembered Her own loneliness, the love of Her friend and his hovering caress. With the last spark remaining, Her labor began. To share life with Woman, She created First Man.
Again She was giving. One more was living.
To Woman and Man the Mother gave birth, and then for their home, She gave them the Earth. The water, the land, and all Her creation. To use them with care was their obligation. It was their home to use, but not to abuse. For the Children of Earth the Mother provided the Gifts to survive, and then She decided to the Gift of Pleasure and sharing, that honors the Mother with the joy of their pairing. The Gifts are well earned when honor's returned. The Mother was pleased with the pair She created. She taught them to love and to care when they mated. She made them desire to join with each other, the Gift of Pleasures came from the Mother.
Before She was through, Her children loved, too. Earth's Children were blessed, the Mother could rest."
|Ayla was adopted by the Ninth Cave at the Summer Meeting?|
n. A few days before the Ninth Cave left for the Summer Meeting, Ayla was adopted. This was done more so because Marthona didn't want her son's status to diminish in any way.
|Where was the Summer Meeting held?|
Nineteenth Cave. The Summer Meeting was hosted by The Nineteenth Cave of the Zelandonii. The Nineteenth Cave was approximately twenty miles away from the Ninth Cave. A Zelandonii Summer Meeting was bigger than a Clan Gathering and even larger than a Mamutoi Summer Meeting. Ayla was overwhelmed when she saw the vast amount of people.
|While at the Summer Meeting, what did Wolf and Ayla discover?|
A hidden cave. After the spear-thrower demonstration at the Summer Meeting, and after inviting Denoda, Mardena, and Lanidar to breakfast the next morning, Ayla and Wolf went hunting by themselves. While trying to find some game, Ayla became seperated from Wolf. When she whistled for him, it took him a long time to come to her. When he did finally come to her, she was curious as to where he'd been, since she had seen him coming out of a bush. When she peered through the bush she was shocked to discover a hidden cave. Upon entering the cave, Ayla noticed that it had white walls, and she thought it was beautiful. She went back to the place where the Ninth Cave was camping and told everyone about the discovery. Upon seeing it, Zelandoni said it was the Womb of The Mother, and considered sacred.
|Why did Ayla and Jondalar break their mandatory seclusion after tying the knot?|
A boy was gored by a Woolly Rhinoceros. After Ayla and Jondalar tied the knot at the Matrimonial, they were placed into mandatory seclusion for fourteen days to see if their mating would survive, and to see if they could live with each other. On the thirteenth day, a group of young boys were baiting a Woolly Rhinoceros, and one of them was severely gored. Ayla and Jondalar, riding Whinney and Racer, happened to come across the accident and assisted. Ayla reset the boy's leg and wrapped the wound to stop the bleeding. They brought the boy to the lodge of the Zelandonia so he could be under their care. Because they had broken the mandatory seclusion for an emergency, Zelandoni allowed it and gave took back the leather thong that had tied them. In place of the leather thong she gave them each a necklace to show everyone that they were officially mated.
|How was Wolf severly injured at the Summer Meeting?|
Attacked by a pack of wolves. During the Summer Meeting, Wolf had begun to leave for days at a time. He had found a lone black female wolf and was enjoying their time together. Ayla discovered him, severely injured near a small stream, close to the camp of the Ninth Cave. When she found him, he was laying on his side, he had a torn bloody ear, and bite marks all over. Ayla fixed him up, with the help of Zelandoni. But after the attack, Wolf was afraid to be around strangers. Ayla helped overcome his fear.
|What is the name of the young man Wolf threatened after being injured?|
Palidar. After Ayla helped Wolf overcome his fear of strangers, again, a young man by the name of Palidar visited the camp of the Ninth Cave. Wolf wouldn't listen to Ayla when she told him to calm down and even when she reassured the wolf. Then Ayla noticed that Palidar was wearing a necklace of wolf teeth and had a backpack decorated with wolf fur. When she asked him where he had received the wolf fur, he told her that he found two dead wolves, severely bitten and torn, and decided to take the teeth and salvage some of the fur. Ayla caught on to Wolf's reaction to the wolf fur Palidar was wearing and put the puzzle together. She then realized that he was attacked by a pack of wolves, and in the process, his girlfriend was killed, but Wolf didn't go down without a fight. Even though he was less than three years old, he had managed to kill a member of the pack. Palidar had the black wolf's fur on the necklace, and the fur of the wolf that Wolf had killed on his backpack. Ayla asked Palidar if they could trade for the wolf fur. Palidar, seeing Wolf's violent reaction, just gave the wolf fur to Ayla. Ayla in turn gave it to Wolf. Wolf shredded the gray wolf's fur. Ayla warned Palidar to soak the teeth that he had on the necklace in light colored strong tea for a few days to get the scent of the offending wolf away from it. She said if he didn't he wouldn't be safe from Wolf.
|When the Ninth Cave returned to their home, what did Jondalar surprise Ayla with?|
A dwelling of her own. Before the Ninth Cave left for the Summer Meeting, Jondalar bargained with many people to supply him with the materials needed for Ayla's dwelling. During the Summer Meeting, Jondalar made an excuse to leave. He said he was going on a hunting trip with his brother, Joharran, but in fact Jondalar had built the new dwelling. Upon returning from the Summer Meeting, he surprised Ayla with it. She was so happy to have her own dwelling. When they entered the dwelling, it was dark, and Jondalar told Ayla that she had to light the candle to signify that she accepted the dwelling. When she lit the candle, he in turn lit the fireplace. This meant that any children born to Ayla would be of his hearth.
|What is the name of Whinney's new foal?|
Gray. The following spring, Whinney gave birth inside the shelter of stone, which housed the Ninth Cave, because it was raining outside. Whinney had a little filly, which Ayla named Gray, because of the little filly's coloring.
|What is the name of Ayla's and Jondalar's baby?|
Jonayla. Ayla went into labor during the winter. Zelandoni, Marthona, Proleva, and Folara helped her. Ayla gave birth to a little girl, which she named Jonayla, after Jondalar and herself.
|Ayla accepts Zelandoni's invitation to join the zelandonia.|
t. During the entire book, Zelandoni kept hinting to Ayla that she belonged in the zelandonia. She even asked Ayla to become her acolyte. When Ayla told Jondalar what Zelandoni asked her, he gave his approval. At the end of the book, Zelandoni says, "Tell me now you are not Zelandoni, Ayla." Ayla, replied, "I will tell Jondalar."
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