Here’s an encore of my look at the neglected Navajo epic myth about their war god taking on the evil gods called the Anaye. My readership was much smaller back in 2010 when I first ran it, so it will seem like new to most of you –
PART 2 – WHEN A GOD DIES … In those ancient times Nayanazgeni (“Alien God Killer”)and his brother Tobadzistsini (“Child of the Water”)were living with their mother, the goddess Estsanatlehi, on a plateau near their worshippers, the Navajo people of the time. They were aware of the alien gods called the Anaye who were preying on the world at large.
One such Anaye was a club-wielding giant who rode an equally huge cougar. The giant had a double-face, one in front and one in the rear so it could not be snuck up on. This Anaye had begun to prey on the inhabitants of the village the three deities lived near. He would ride forth each day astride his giant cougar and catch a villager to devour. (Some versions say it would be two villagers – one for him to eat and one as a meal for his giant cougar. Still others say it was just a giant cougar with no one riding it.)
The war god Nayanazgeni sought to protect the Navajo and tracked the Anaye to his cavern lair in the hills where he attacked him. After a long, savage struggle Nayanazgeni eventually beat him to death with his own enormous club. He then transformed the slain Anaye and his mount into all the world’s cougars since a god could not be killed unless its divine essence was transformed into something else. (This concept figures heavily in the tale to come)
The war god and his brother decided to rid the world of all of the Anaye to free humans from their reign of terror. Estsanatlehi (in some versions both she and her sister Yolkaiestsan) advised the Heroic Twins that in order to defeat the Anaye and their chief, Yeitso, they would need special weapons such as only their father, the sun god Tsohanoai, could provide. Nayanazgeni and Tobadzistsini then set out on a danger-filled journey to the far west House Of The Sun God, where their father retired at the end of each day’s journey across the sky.
CONTINUED NEXT TIME WITH THE PERILOUS JOURNEY TO THE HOUSE OF THE SUN GOD. MEANWHILE FOR THE WHOLE STORY IN ITS ENTIRETY AND FOR MORE INFO ON THE OTHER NAVAJO DEITIES MENTIONED IN THIS EPIC MYTH CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/navajo-myth-clear/
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