His seeming rescue by a votaress
of the high priestess of the sun had been but a part of the mimicry of their heathen ceremony--the sun looking down upon him through the opening at the top of the court had claimed him as his own, and the priestess had come from the inner temple to save him from the polluting hands of worldlings--to save him as a human offering to their flaming deity.
The priestesses, her votaresses
, screamed and fled madly toward the exits.
He attempts to woo the votaress
with the physical results of the massacre he has orchestrated, forcing her to see the conversion of buildings from homes and places of trade and worship, to mass graves awash with blood and body parts; to experience violence so far-reaching that the blood spilt comes from, and stains, the very souls of the slain.
It places Titania's commitments to rectifying the weather patterns upon which farmers depend and nurturing her votaress
's child on the same level as Oberon's whim, an expression of power invested in him by a patriarchal hierarchy.
They might have subliminally evoked the exotic East Indian setting of Titania's love idyll with her votaress
in act 2, scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream; she terms this setting--perhaps in another Marlovian resonance--"Neptunes yellow sands" (TLN 502).