At last it’s the apocalyptic finale of the epic story of the Navajo war god Nayanazgeni battling the Anaye! I just had to title the chapter “Xenogenocide” Plus in the individual entry section I added a listing for the joint Navajo deity Tgaei.
12. XENOGENOCIDE – Nayanazgeni, Tsohanoai and Tobadzistsini looked on as, according to some myths “every drop of Yeitso’s spilled blood” was growing into either another Yeitso or another Anaye, or Brown Giants depending on the version. In myths where Yeitso was killed right after the Heroic Twins left the house of the sun god we are told that the new Yeitsos/new Anaye had been growing since the Anaye Chief had been struck down and that Tsohanoai came down from the sky after Nayanazgeni had slain all the other Anaye and pointed these new threats out to him and Tobadzistsini. The sun god Tshohanoai now instructed the Heroic Twins to produce the wind charm he had given them back when they had journeyed to his home in the west. They did so, and the three deities (in some versions Estsanatlehi is there, too, so it would be four deities in that case) placed the wind charm on the ground and stood over it, joining hands and chanting. The wind charm began spinning and rose up in the sky, eventually twisting into an enormous tornado. This tornado, which the myth states lasted for four days and nights (again the Navajo theme of “four” showing up) swept into the midst of the spawning Yeitsos/new Anaye, sucking them all off the Earth. In some versions the tornado also uprooted many trees and caused many deaths among human beings as well, as it cleansed the land of the Anaye. In other versions it killed off ALL the human beings in the world as well as the Anaye following which Estsanatlehi, the seasonal goddess, began creating new tribes from scrapings of her skin – or from corn kernels – to repopulate the world. Some versions of the myth say that the wind-charm spell is still in effect and any time a tornado or cyclone strikes it means another Anaye has been born somewhere in the land and must be swept off the Earth, regardless of the collateral damage or loss of life involved. Thus, with the Anaye defeated for all time, Estsanatlehi chose to live in the house of the sun god, where she would greet her husband at the end of each day as he finished his journey across the sky.
8 responses to “XENOGENOCIDE: NAVAJO MYTH PAGE UPDATED AGAIN”
Explosive ending to this great myth!
Epic is right! This thing was wonderful from start to finish!
Quite an apocalyptic ending there!
This story was such a roller coaster ride! And the anaye are like the Old Ones.
In a lot of ways, yes.