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Origin of light

A Gallinomero Legend

In the earliest beginning, the darkness was thick and deep. There was no light. The animals ran here and there, always bumping into each other. The birds flew here and there, but continually knocked against each other.

Hawk and Coyote thought a long time about the darkness. Then Coyote felt his way into a swamp and found a large number of dry tulle reeds. He made a ball of them.

He gave the ball to Hawk, with some flints, and Hawk flew up into the sky, where he touched off the tulle reeds and sent the bundle whirling around the world.

But still the nights were dark, so Coyote made another bundle of tulle reeds, and Hawk flew into the air with them, and touched them off with the flints.

But these reeds were damp and did not burn so well. That is why the moon does not give so much light as the sun.

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