AIRESKOI: THE IROQUOIS WAR GOD

Iroquois Confederation

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AIRESKOI – The Iroquois god of war, identified with the Aurora Borealis. While other Iroquois souls would go to the conventional afterlife warriors slain in battle got to reside with Aireskoi in the heavens, their souls glowing with the grandeur of their battlefied heroics, thus accounting for the brightness of the Aurora Borealis.

Aireskoi was one of the gods who tried to woo the goddess Iagentci when she was carrying her Marriage Bread to the chief deity Hawenneyu. Aireskoi was also associated with fire since the Iroquois used fire to torture captives taken in wartime. The war god’s son Djissaa was the god of fire and he would punish anyone who frivolously used fire, including one man who used it to kill snakes in a famous myth.

FOR MY ORIGINAL LIST OF FIFTEEN IROQUOIS DEITIES CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2013/01/28/the-top-fifteen-deities-in-iroquois-mythology/

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8 responses to “AIRESKOI: THE IROQUOIS WAR GOD

  1. Love the glowing in the heavens like Odin’s warriors partying with him in valhalla kind of.

  2. Bless you for bringing these gods to life like this!

  3. Toni

    Beautiful myth!

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