Morning Green Chief and the Witch

Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, William Smith Allison and Julian Hayden

in The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084674
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914568 | DOI:
Morning Green Chief and the Witch

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This chapter shows that there are two, or really a negation of women giving birth and an irregular affirmation. The negation is in the flood myth. A woman thwarts her one-night-stand husband and causes him to give birth. The irregularity is the wife of Corn who gives birth normally but after an irregular impregnation, by eating a worm. The whore has no children; parenting is not the point of that story; footlooseness is. The mythology, then, is that women give birth as women normally do, from their wombs through their vaginas, but they do so rarely as far as the narrators are concerned and never following normal lovemaking. Men sometimes make people completely without women, as “creator gods” such as Earth Doctor and Siuuhu. This does not mean that normal procreation was absent in the times covered by the mythology, but simply that such procreation is glossed over.

Keywords: negation; women; birth; flood; myth; Corn; gods; Earth Doctor; Siuuhu; procreation

Chapter.  4756 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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