Chido: When the Sun Fell to the Earth

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Chido, the supreme being, the sky god, the one who is above, also known as Ama or Ma, is identified with celestial phenomena in general and with the sun in particular. Ama or Ma, the creator god, the earth god, is the fashioner of humans and of everything that lives and grows, and is also the lord of the underworld. Ama endows the corn with its nourishing qualities; Chido sends rain and causes the corn to ripen. When one is about to begin a journey, he appeals for the assistance of Chido and not of Ama, for Chido is above and watches his progress, but Ama is below in the earth. Ama is the female counterpart of Chido—they are a father sky and a mother earth by whose union the crops and other living things are born.

The sun fell to earth one evening among some women who were winnowing corn. One of the women seized it and found that it was nothing but a ram. So she tied up the ram in her house, and the house immediately became filled with light. Next morning, the sun did not rise, and the king promptly gave an order that if anyone was concealing anything strange in his house he was to reveal it. So the woman went to the king and said that she had found a strange ram. She was ordered to release it at once; the ram went up to heaven, and the sun shone once more. See also: Ama, Fi.

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