Lore:Dibella

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Dibella says: Open your heart to the noble secrets of art and love. Treasure the gifts of friendship. Seek joy and inspiration in the mysteries of love.Ten Commands: Nine Divines
Dibella

Dibella, known as the "Queen of Heaven",[1] "Goddess of Beauty",[2] and "Lady of Love",[3] is the popular Aedric "love goddess" of the Eight Divines (and the Nine Divines).[4][5][6] In Cyrodiil, she has had many different cults, some devoted to women, some to artists and aesthetics, and others to erotic instruction.[2] Dibella created the Brush of Truepaint in answer to a disabled artist's prayers.[7] She also purportedly created the Helm of the Crusader for Pelinal Whitestrake to help him defeat Umaril the Unfeathered.[7] She is usually depicted as a voluptuous and attractive human female, often either holding large flowers or actually having flowers in place of hands.

Houses of worship dedicated to her are sometimes called Houses of Dibella,[8] though they are also known as chapels or temples.[7][9] She tends to attract individuals who live and/or espouse an epicurean lifestyle. Followers of Dibella can purportedly commune with the goddess using a person designated by her, known as the Sybil of Dibella, as a medium.[10] Worshipping her is thought of as a more personal, intimate association than worshipping some other Divines.[11] It is said she asks us to "[o]pen your heart to the noble secrets of art and love. Treasure the gifts of friendship. Seek joy and inspiration in the mysteries of love".[12]

Despite her status as a Divine and general popularity, views on the worship of Dibella are somewhat mixed. Worship of her is frequently associated with lewd acts and indecency.[6][13][14] Houses of Dibella have been described as "cult[s] of beauty and physical relations".[15] Likewise, the goddess herself has been described as "too lusty", or, more euphemistically, "warm-blooded".[16][17] In some locales, her worshippers must practice the "Dibellan Arts" in secret for fear of being run out of town.[18]

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  1. ^ King Edward, Part III
  2. ^ a b Varieties of Faith in the EmpireBrother Mikhael Karkuxor
  3. ^ Guide to AnvilAlessia Ottus
  4. ^ For My Gods and EmperorImperial Cult
  5. ^ The Talos MistakeLeonora Venatus, Imperial Liaison to the Aldmeri Dominion
  6. ^ a b The Wolf Queen, Book ThreeWaughin Jarth
  7. ^ a b c Events of Oblivion.
  8. ^ Events of Daggerfall.
  9. ^ The City of Stone: A Sellsword's Guide to MarkarthAmanda Alleia
  10. ^ Events of Skyrim.
  11. ^ Reflections on Cult WorshipCuseius Plecia
  12. ^ The Ten Commands of the Nine Divines
  13. ^ GhraewajTidasus
  14. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  15. ^ A Scholar's Guide to NymphsVondham Barres
  16. ^ Book Seven of 2920, The Last Year of the First Era - Sun's HeightCarlovac Townway
  17. ^ Song of Hrormir
  18. ^ Haelga's dialogue and acts in Skyrim.