Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cherokee Myth ~ The Milky Way

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The Milky Way

A Cherokee Tale from James Mooney's, 'History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

Some people in the south had a corn mill, in which they pounded the corn into meal, and several mornings when they came to fill it they noticed that some of the meal had been stolen during the night.
They examined the ground and found the tracks of a dog, so the next night they watched, and when the dog came from the north and began to eat the meal out of the bowl they sprang out and whipped him.
He ran off howling to his home in the north, with the meal dropping from his mouth as he ran, and leaving behind a white trail where now we see the Milky Way, which the Cherokee call to this day Gi li-utsun stanun yi, "Where the dog ran."


Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

Bridgett said...

I love these stories...I know next to nothing about the native Americans, so these are fascinating.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's great to hear other origin legends of the Milky Way. But I'm still partial to its characterization as the breast milk of the Goddess that nourishes the world.