Part 3 of the 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 –
3. VISIONS OF THE SPIDER GODDESS – On their way west toward their father Tsohanoai’s house, Nayanazgeni and Tobadzistsini passed the Grand Canyon, which in Navajo mythology was the Place Of Emergence through which the Navajo people entered this world after escaping the previous one. (Navajo emergence myths and their stories of the previous worlds are too lengthy to get into right now) Reaching a stretch of desert, they soon noticed puffs of smoke emerging from the ground.
On closer inspection they realized they had come across the underground lair of Naste Estsan, the spider goddess, who lived underground in similar fashion to a trap-door spider. She welcomed the Heroic Twins in and assumed her form as an elderly woman. In addition to feeding them she informed them she knew all about their plans to rid the world of the menace of the Anaye. She revealed to them that she herself was the mother of the chief Anaye, Yeitso, with their own father Tsohanoai as the father. (In some versions she goes on to tell them that Yeitso then joined with her over and over to spawn the rest of the Anaye.)
She also related to them about her visions of the perils they would face on their quest to reach their father’s house. (Since those perils are covered in my next paragraph I won’t bother detailing them here) As a final gift to the two young gods she gave them each two eagle feathers to wear in their head-bands: one to make them virtually invulnerable and another that would lull opponents into meek submission. Nayanazgeni and Tobadzistsini then resumed their journey.
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28 responses to “NAVAJO MYTHS: VISIONS OF THE SPIDER GODDESS”
Thank you very much for the kind words! No, I’m not married.
I wonder what would happen if I put a toy in my headband???
Brilliant work as always Balladeer darling!!! Have you ever thought of re-posting the first parts?
Your headband is the LAST place I would expect you to put one of your toys!
Thank you very much! I had reposted the first 2 parts earlier.
Incredible blog here! I am into goddess lore and as i roam around your blog I’m finding more and more that I never heard of! Wonderul!
Thank you and I’m glad you’re enjoying it!
Thank you for letting me know! I appreciate the comment!
I have just finished reading the book, “Two Spirits” and I have to say that I don’t think I’ve read anything that has moved me so much for many years, that was the first time I’d heard of Changing Woman. I myself fell deeply in love with Hasbaa’, one of The Changing Ones, a treasure indeed.
THe mountains, I become part of it.
The herbs, the fir tree, I become part of it.
The moening mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become part of it.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen,
I am part of of it.
Thanks for sharing this! I agree that is beautiful!
Very cool epic myth!
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Loved these gods!
Totally head tripping myth here dude.
I can understand how you feel.
I love this Spidergoddess stuff!
Glad to hear it!