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Kasogonaga


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According to the Chaco tribes, the original inhabitants of the Pampas, rain was produced by a female spirit hanging in the sky. This was Kasogonaga. A variant myth cites a red ant-eater, while the creation of the world was achieved by a gigantic beetle, which also created the spirits and the first man and women. The latter were stuck together until he parted them.

The hunters of the Pampas seem to have had no supreme being. There were benevolent spirits, even deities addressed as grandfather or mother, but the various tribes lacked a consistent cosmology. Rival brothers explained duality in one tribe, another thought that the rainbow killed by its tongue, and a third blamed the stars. Even the legendary hero Carancho, sometimes identified with the hawk, found himself bedevilled by a fox.

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