Not really much of a theory so much as it's a thought process that's proven true in only one aspect.
The Hylian race is named after the Goddess Hylia. Who in turn, founded the Royal Family.
Originally, people thought the everpresent, invisible Goddess of Time was Nayru. It's a good, valid theory and now there's a new Goddess who can fit that role better; Hylia. Aside from the fact that, like the Goddess of Time, she is a standalone Goddess, Hylia is associated to the "element" of time via Zelda.
Could still be Nayru [more than any other Goddess], just saying.
Continuing on, I just want to say that Gerudo Desert is said to not be a part of Hyrule.
By Ganondorf himself:
My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky, a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came, the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I coveted that wind, I suppose.
That said, I would like to equate the Goddess of the Sands to Hylia. She is the "Hylia" of the desert country. Being "of the sands", she creates her "Sand People" [racial epiteths for the win], and her name is Gerudo.
The flora are fauna [people too] named after her in the same vein that the Hylians are named after Hylia. Just a random thought in my head. Thoughts anyone?
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Strong possibility. Nayru has a better chance to be the Goddess of Time than Hylia.
But you never know.
To each his' own, but I think it makes more sense for Hylia to have been the Goddess of Time. I mean, the Gates of Time have her symbol on them. Her temple becomes the new Temple of Time. Zelda of OoT becomes a sage associated with time, even using that power to send Link back in time...
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Eh, I still think that the Goddess of the Sands is supposed to be Din since she is associated with the earth and fire.
Not totally sure I agree with this - I have heard theories that suggest that Nayru could also be linked as we do find Nayru's Love there.
Not sure I agree with the Nayru theory either. I don't know, I doubt the question will be answered BUT in my opinion (you could be right!) the GoS is more likely to be a seperate one.
Therefore, I do like the OP's theory. Makes sense, although I wonder if the Goddess of the Sand was an actual deity like Hylia or someone revered as one in the tribe and was called Gerudo. Clearly some Gerudo have the potential to be quite powerful a la Twinrova. I sometimes wonder this especially as she's not mentioned elsewhere.
I actually think that the Goddess of the Sands is Din because the Gerudo's would praise power more than something like wisdom since they have to fight to survive. Plus, Ganondorf has the ToP so I think it's fitting that they would praise Din.
I just have to say this because this is something that's been irritating the crap out of me.
Ganondorf is the only attractive male in the series.
I think Hylia has pretty much been confirmed (IMO) as the Goddess of Time due to many points made in a separate thread. Hylia isn't on level with the 3 Golden Goddesses, but she is still higher status than mortal. I think it's possible that there is a Goddess named Gerudo (or something else, potentially) who is revealed to be on par with Hylia's status as a deity. She could be Goddess of the Sand, or, the Goddess of War would be pretty sweet, and would make sense for the Gerudo to praise her.
Dost thou sense it?
The climate of evil descending upon this realm...
If only we knew if there were more Sheikah than just Impa. I'm pretty sure there are more of them there (Did Impa say it?). Would it be possible that the Sheikah named them (and since they were around for Hylia, Hylia must have known about it. That ancient knowledge would be passed to Fi which would explain why she knew)? And since the Sheikah work with the royal family, it would explain how everyone eventually knew about the word.
I always imagined the Desert Goddess to be Din for a lot of reasons such as:
The one who gains the Triforce of Power is a Gerudo
the Oracle Din looks like a Gerudo.
In the Creation of Hyrule cutscene, when Din uses her power, they show her creating the entrance to Gerudo Valley.
The Goddess of the Sand could be a title for Din, as Nayru seems to be the Goddess of Time and Farore the Goddess of Wind. Din created the earth, and sand is a form of earth.
The Gerudo favour power and physical strength (though they do favour courage and chivalry as well)
The Spirit Temple contains many references to the Triforce including the crest of the Triforce in the hands of the Goddess inside the temple, and an angelic Triforce over the threshold of the Temple, showing the Gerudo believe in and revere the goddesses. After all, if they had a completely different belief system, why would Ganondorf abandon it to chase a completely alien religion to him?
So we know the Goddess of the Sand is the patron deity of the Gerudo people. It's possible that she could be an underling or a lesser Goddess rather then Din herself, a lesser goddess who protects the Gerudo but serves the Goddesses the way Hylia does.
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