The Earth, Sacred Mother of every living creature.
The Pawnee were hunters. When told to abandon hunting and settle
down to farming, their priest replied: "You ask me to plow
the ground! Shall I take a knife and tear my mother's bosom? Then
when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest. You ask me
to dig for stone! Shall I dig under her skin for her bones? Then
when I die I cannot enter her body to be born again. You ask me
to cut grass and make hay and sell it, and be rich like white men!
But how dare I cut off my mother's hair? It is a bad law and my
people cannot obey it."
An evil star who drives the sun down out of the sky and send his
daughter to hinder Morning Star from the sun back up again.
A protector who leads the sun upward into the sky. A soldier god.
A creator god. Beneficiant and venerated.
Sun god. The Pawnee performed their famous Sun Dance for Shakura's
sake. Young warriors attached themselves to tall poles with strips
of hide which were tied to sharp stakes. The stakes were driven
through the skin and flesh on the chest. The young brave would then
support his entire weight with the hide ropes as he slowly circled
the pole following the sun's movement in the sky. This lasted until
the sun went down or the stakes ripped out of the brave's flesh.
God of the underworld, the opposite of North Star. Magical and feared.
The Power Above, creator of the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning Tirawa-Atius called the gods together to announce
his plan to create the human race and promised the gods a share
of power for their help. Shakura the Sun was assigned to provide
light and heat, Pah the Moon was assigned the night, and Tirwara-Atius
placed the Evening Star, the Mother of All Things in the west. The
Morning Star he set to guard the east. After the gods had raised
dry land from the watery chaos, Tirawa Atius told Sun and Moon to
make love, and they gave birth to a son. He then told Evening and
Morning Star to make love, and they gave birth to a daughter. So
the human race was made.
All would have been well if Coyote had not stolen a sack of storms
from Lightening. Opening the sack, Coyote loosed the storms and
so brought death into the world.
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