YAHOLA and HAYUYA – These two gods resided in the air and the clouds. They were the guardians of Muscogee people being given training in mysticism and the medical arts. Yahola and Hayuya were the two most prominent of the four Hiyouyulgee, divinities who tutored the ancient Muscogee about the use of fire and various plants, medicinal and otherwise. Yahola and his brother Hayuya endowed people with strength, creative inspiration and magical abilities.
Both deities presided over the Busk Ground Ceremonies, the most important rituals in the Muscogee holiday calendar. Yahola in particular had special sovereignty over curing illnesses and the delivery of children. He was also the patron deity of the intoxicating Black Drink consumed in mass quantities by the Muscogee Creek, who would cry out his name when feeling the effects of the drink he had given to them as a gift.
Yahola, Hayuya and the other two Hiyouyulgee visited the ancient Muscogee Creek during their mass migration eastward, appearing to them on a “mountain of thunder” near the Red River. The Creek were attracted by the sound of singing from the highest peak of this mountain. Climbing to that peak they sacrificed a child and the four Hiyouyulgee then appeared to them. The tribe lived near the mountain for four years before resuming their journey to the east.
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