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the Tuscaroras were added.
There are forty-one known variants of the Iroquoian creation
myth, with seven major variations. All are epic legends.
All variations include Sky Woman.
Cherokee: a three-tiered universe is held together by five
Huron: the world was made by twin offspring of the
“Woman Fallen from the Sky”.
“Woman Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean:
Aztecs, Caribs, Guaymis, Huichol, Kagaba, Michoacan,
Mixtecs, Toltec, Quiches, Uitoto, Vodon
Aztecs: Ancestors came from the Seven Caverns, north of
Mexico. Seven hero gods were ancestors of later Aztecs. These
seven escaped a flood by climbing the mountain of Tlaloc .
Toltecs: Five worlds and five suns were created one after the
other, i.e., suns of earth, fire, air, water, and rock.
Caribs: Ancestor sowed stones or the fruit of the Mautitius
palm into the soil, and these sprouted into men and women.
Peru: ancestors emerged from the cave of Pacari Tampu, the
Lodgings of the Dawn, near Cuzco. During the great flood, the
ancestors survived by taking refuge in this cave.
ancestors Uitoto (Colombia): In the beginning only "appearance" existed
as a phantom. From this, Nainema, "He who is appearance only"
brought everything into existence by dreaming.
Kagaba (Colombia): The "only mother of all we possess" gave
birth to all that exists, including earth, sun, Milky Way, heavens,
life. this mother-goddess is indistinguishable from creation.
Yanomamo (Amazon River Basin): "The son of Omauwa (one
of the first beings) became very thirsty. Omauwa and his brother
dug a hole for water, but the water gushed forth and covered the
jungle. They survived by climbing a mountain. Raharariyoma
painted red dots on her body and plunged into the lake, causing it
to recede. Omauwa then changed her into a snake-like monster
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