A long time ago, before the earth had came to be… There was nothing but infinite darkness. There were no birds, or trees, or plants, there were just six beings in all the dark space. There was the First Man, and the First Woman, Fire God, Salt Woman, Coyote and then Bengochiddy, the Child of the Sun. The first beings were bored with the state of their surroundings. Bengochiddy reached into the darkness and created four mountains, A white mountain in the East, a blue mountain in the South, a yellow mountain in the West, and a black mountain in the North. The only problem with this world they’d created, was that there was no light in it. Things could not flourish without light. Bengochiddy planted a seed into the earth and from that, grew a tall hollow reed. It rose into the darkness. The first six beings climbed inside, and grew into the second world. The second world was light blue, but it was occupied by a race of cat people. The first beings and the cat people warred over the lands for years, eventually the first beings had to accept that neither of them would ever win. They retreated back to the hollow reed, and grew up to the third world, it was yellow and full of light. They decided that this beautiful land would be their home. They created rivers, lakes, animals and mountains and began their lives there… One day Coyote was out for a walk, and he stumbled upon a baby. The baby was the child of the water monster, and Coyote couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do some mischievous work. He picked up the baby and took off with it, hiding the child under his blanket. At discovering the disappearance of his son, the water monster conjured a massive torrential downpour that flooded the entire world. The water was not stopping and slowly rose, and rose, and rose. They made Coyote give back the water monster’s baby, and only then did the deluge end. They grew up, and Locust helped to carve a hole up into the fourth world. The being’s built their houses again, this time adding stars, and a moon. This world wasn’t as beautiful as the third world was, but they liked it still.
And that is the Navajo story of creation. The End.
Over the course of one year, I will conduct a Mini Exploration of Mythologies around the world, guided by the work of Joseph Cambell in his Mythos Lecture Series. We will start by studying mythology by region and exploring the famous god families, along with creating my own myths. Through this mini course, I’ll be learning about myths from the following regions…
-North American Indian
In this section of my Explorations Blog, I will conclude what I learn with a summary of each episode, idea, or story, and my ideas surrounding each. Also, I will go into depth into the psychology surrounding mythologies across the world. I am looking forward to this journey through mythology, as I have been fascinated by mythological stories since I was a small child. The journey begins in earnest on 1st August 2014. Check back to see where the journey takes me.