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In what Native American myth does the Sun stand still?

This tale appears to come from Toltec mythology, related to us by the Aztec and preserved in later Mexican source. The Ixtlilxochitl your source cites is almost certainly Fernando de Alva Cortés ...
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Does Iroquois legend tell where the Sky People came from?

There isn't much to go on with this one. The best first source I can find is a book called Myths and Legends of the New York State Iroquois, by Harriet Maxwell Converse, 1908. It's about as good of a ...
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How did horses become integrated into Navajo mythology?

They Sang for Horses first published in 1966 is devoted pretty much exclusively to this topic. The Navajos first obtained horses in the early 1600s, and the Navajo nations didn't become part of the ...
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Are there any points of mythology/religion that all Native Americans have in common?

The idea of the Coyote Trickster god is pretty widespread. My copy of The Book of the Navajo contains "The Tale of Coyote, the Troublemaker". The Coyote is also known to the Apache in the "Badger ...
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In Ho-Chunk mythos, how was the world created?

The entire story can be found here. This story deals with a Creator god (Earthmaker) who was alone in space, with nothing around him. His first "creation" was his tears, which forms oceans, lakes, ...
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Prevalence of Underwater Panther

The underwater panther is indeed a very widespread figure. Ancient Objects and Sacred Realms: Interpretations of Mississippian Iconography has a section titled "The Forms of the Underwater Powers", ...
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How did horses become integrated into Navajo mythology?

One important thing to note here is that many (most?) American Indians did not first get horses directly from the European traders or settlers. According to Jared Diamond what happened was that the ...
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Why do Native Americans think photographs steals their souls?

Well, not many do anymore. I found this on a question on the skeptics stack exchange [Carolyn J. Marr] illustrates a change in Native Americans' attitudes towards photography from the late 19th to ...
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Prevalence of Underwater Panther

I come from a long line of leaders and Chiefs of the Sauks. My clan is in English is called Beaver because there was not word for underwater panther in English. My true clan name is Underwater ...
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According to the myth of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, how did people get fire?

Given that the people of the Pacific Northwest are not a homogeneous group, there is, naturally, variation in their versions of the fire-acquisition story. It seems, though, that they all agree that ...
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How does one become a skin-walker?

According to this blog post by Adam James Jones the "Skinwalker curse is desired and acquired": They are stories of shape-shifting creatures acrosss Navajo Nation, the 24k-plus reservation ...
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Are these images of identifiable pre-Columbian mythic entities?

These are, conclusively, Coclé, but the culture appears to be very similar to Tairona. It appears that these images are near-perfect replicas of the imagery on two Gran Coclé plaques. What appears to ...
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Is there an older name for Cecaelia?

I think I’ve come across the same references to the legends being from Native American and Japanese culture. As far as Japanese origins, all I’ve come across are a few online posts referencing to the ...
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Is there an older name for Cecaelia?

In Japanse, these are called 人魚 (lit. human + fish) Ningyo Several Native American tribes have words and stories regarding mermaids: Halfway People (Mi'kmaq) Lumpeguin (Maliseet) Ne Hwas (...
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What is sásq'ets, from Halkomelem myths?

Sásq'ets is a mythical creature. . . Sort of. Etymology and related names Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, by Jeff Meldrum, says (emphasis mine): The various tribes across North America have attached ...
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How are wendigos/similar defeated?

Hard to answer question. The main problem here is the natives was not knowing writing at all. So we find pretty old account by explorers back in the 1700 BUT those are by people having some ...
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How are wendigos/similar defeated?

To my knowledge, they do not die, but can be rendered inert through a two step process. Shattering their heart with a silver blade, and cutting up the body. Burn the pieces without mixing them, and ...
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Native American (possibly) apocalyptic prophecy about inanimate objects coming to life

You may be referring to a legend in the Huarochirí Manuscript mentioned in this book: Colonial Spanish America. Animate objects in this text are linked to a beginning-of-the-world event, the first ...
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What is the Native American term for Happy Hunting Ground?

I'm afraid there probably isn't one. Growing up with some Native family myself, I gathered "Happy Hunting Ground" was not an actual native term they used, but rather one of those phrases white men ...
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Who are the deities of natural order, justice or wisdom?

Greek: Order and Justice: Zeus is the Lord of Order and Justice (Zeus Nomos "Zeus the Lawgiver", Zeus Ktêsios "Zeus Protector of Property", Zeus Horkios "Zeus Watcher of ...
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Who are the deities of natural order, justice or wisdom?

Natural Order Chinese the gods are energies or principles revealing, imitating and propagating the way of Heaven (Tian 天), which is the supreme godhead manifesting in the northern culmen of the ...
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Were there any gods Floridian Tribes recognized?

Okay, I found a little info on the subject: First off, it seems that we have no names for these deities, save for one exception. The two possibilities for why this may be, from what I've gathered, are:...
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Is there an older name for Cecaelia?

In short, not that im aware of at this time. But, there are a lot of various creators in Greek myths that are similar, or usually depicted in a similar way. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Myths on God committing suicide

Directly from Wikipedia on Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec winged serpent and creator god: In the Codex Chimalpopoca, it is said Quetzalcoatl was coerced by Tezcatlipoca into becoming drunk on pulque, ...
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Are there any references in mythology/folklore to a concept similar to teleportation?

In Japanese mythology there is the term 縮地 shukuchi, composed of: 縮 : to contract, to shorten 地 : earth, location, distance Shukichi is a collective term for various mythical techniques of rapid ...
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What do the Staff God's staffs and pose represent?

The two staffs (or other objects held) generally represent the male and female, or other dualities. For example, there are depictions where in stead of staffs the deity is holding Spondylus and ...
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Who are the deities of natural order, justice or wisdom?

Yama is the god of death and justice in Hinduism which I found interesting. Forseti is another god of justice in Norse mythology. Toth is the Egyptian god of wisdom.
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How are bears associated with the world of dreams?

Bear hibernation was likely perceived as a form of deep sleep, and recent studies have confirmed this: Historically there was a question of whether or not bears truly hibernate since they ...
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Prevalence of Underwater Panther

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) or Huron also have stories of a horned water serpent or creature. See Creation and Confederation the Living History of the Iroquois, Darren Bonaparte, ch.7.
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Prevalence of Underwater Panther

There is a rock bluff shrine to the underwater panther (according to people at Washington University) partially on my dad's property in southeast Missouri, got alot of pictures done in red paint with ...
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