Eywa is the deity from James Cameron's Avatar film. She is the creator goddess, the deity who is in everything on Pandora (the fifth moon of Polyphemus on which humans are mining unobtanium) and connects all living entities together.
The Na'vi, the native people of Pandora, see Eywa as the guiding force behind everything that happens. Birth comes through Eywa and the dead are returned to her, joining together within her after their physical bodies die.
There is a place on Pandora called The Tree of Souls which allows the Na'vi to contact their dead and commune with the psychic essence of those who have gone before. They use their queues, an extention of the Na'vi nervous system which looks like a braid from the base of their skulls, to connect with other creatures and organisms like the Tree of Souls. The human scientists believe that Eywa is a psionic consciousness created by all life on Ewya through such connections as the queues and other neuro-conductive antennae.
I know a lot of people disliked Avatar, but I thought it was a great film and I loved the mythology around Ewya and Pandora. I'm not sure if the sequels are going to be any good, but I'll give them a go.
Have you seen Avatar? Did Eywa remind you of any other deities?
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