# The Theographer's Journal - Discover an ancient secret and finish the work of a chronicler of the gods

This is a riddle worded as a historical excerpt for the sake of the decipherer's entertainment.

Excerpt from the journal of Aulete of Hal-Saflieni, chronicler of the gods:

One curious case is that of the goddess of the high and the deep. After the culture's patriarch god created the universe, it seems that the new universe in turn created this diety itself. Angered that his creations made their own god, the patriarch refuses to allow her into the heavens. Unable to ascend, she is said to reside in the worship houses of sky, earth, and sea. The goddess of all cathedrals, all temples, and all mosques, songs to every diety are sung to her glory first. Her magical cloak makes her invisible, hidden from the creator, but practitioners insist that even the most faithless believe in her.

Intense study will follow, but with caution. The elders say that those who worship too intensely can diminish their connection to the goddess permanently. In some extreme cases, severe pain and disorientation have occurred.

Aulete died without ever elaborating on the subject. Archeologists haven't found anything either. Can you figure out the name of the goddess for the sake of preserving history and prove conclusively to the archeological community that you're correct?

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She represents

Sound.

Explanations:

the high and the deep:

A sound or note can be described as high or deep.

After the culture's patriarch god created the universe, it seems that the new universe in turn created this deity itself.

Sound can only happen after something is around to make it.

Angered that his creations made their own god, the patriarch refuses to allow her into the heavens. Unable to ascend, she is said to reside in the worship houses of sky, earth, and sea.

There is no sound in space. Gas, liquids, and solids can all be transmission mediums for sound.

The goddess of all cathedrals, all temples, and all mosques, songs to every deity are sung to her glory first.

All songs must make sound, and any religious congregation makes noise of some sort.

Her magical cloak makes her invisible, hidden from the creator, but practitioners insist that even the most faithless believe in her.

Sound is not visible, but everyone believes in it.

The elders say that those who worship too intensely can diminish their connection to the goddess permanently. In some extreme cases, severe pain and disorientation have occurred.

Listening to loud sounds damages hearing and can cause pain/disorientation.

• Well done. I'll add that the name is a pair of clues as well. An aulete is a player of an aulos, an ancient clarinet. Hal-Saflieni is the site of an ancient resonance chamber. – Travis Don Kindred Dec 3 '14 at 19:13

The goddess is

Air

Some explanations:

the patriarch refuses to allow her into the heavens. Unable to ascend, she is said to reside in the worship houses of sky, earth, and sea.

Gravity holds the air below a certain altitude, so it is held close to the earth, sky, and sea.

songs to every diety are sung to her glory first.

Before you can sing, you have to take in a breath of air.

The elders say that those who worship too intensely can diminish their connection to the goddess permanently. In some extreme cases, severe pain and disorientation have occurred.

You can become dizzy, pass out, or even die, if you hold air in your lungs for too long.

• Well reasoned, but incorrect. There are almost a dozen clues that could be explained, though a quarter or so are archaic enough that they'll probably not be figured out. – Travis Don Kindred Dec 3 '14 at 16:49