Grandmother Spider

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Grandmother Spider
Grandmother Spider at work.
Titles Nana Anadi
The Weaver
Alignment Neutral
Areas of Concern Twilight
Worshipers Anadi, people of Nurvatcha
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Charm, Community, Darkness, Luck, Trickery
Subdomains (1E) Curse, Deception, Family, Fate, Night, Thievery
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E) Creation, fate, family, trickery
Alternative: change, darkness
Favored Weapon Net or bola
Symbol Four-pointed hollow webbed diamond
Sacred Animal Spider
Images of Grandmother Spider

Source: Faiths of Golarion, pg(s). 10–15 (1E)
Gods & Magic (Second Edition), pg(s). 60 (2E)

Grandmother Spider is known as a mythical figure in the Mwangi Expanse where she is thought to be a hoarder, and a tale about her is associated with bags of holding. The legend tells of a young man given a bag by Grandmother Spider in exchange for him using it to collect every animal in the jungle and bringing them to her web. He instead left with the bag, which the legend claims is the reason why spiders of the Expanse are so hostile to humans.[1]

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Old Woman Makes the Stars
Written by the anadi cleric Raindrops-Sing-Her-Name Secha between the 2nd and 4th centuries AR, this epic poem features the opening line shared among all of the many stories of Grandmother Spider: "This I have heard, and heard once more, and so I think it true."[2]


First Rain
Celebrated on the first rainy day of each summer—because of Grandmother Spider's renowned hatred of rain—followers of Grandmother Spider celebrate indoors to entertain each other for hours.[2]
The long, dark night of Nurvatcha's winter solstice is celebrated as a day of freedom, in part thanks to Grandmother Spider lengthening their cover of darkness in their escape.[2]


Paizo published a major article about Grandmother Spider in Faiths of Golarion.

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  1. Jacob Burgess. (2010). Bag of Holding. Classic Treasures Revisited, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-220-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kate Baker et al. (2018). Faiths of Golarion, p. 14. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-099-6