NOHOILPI: NAVAJO GAMBLING GOD

navajo-territoryNohoilpiThe gambling god of the Navajo, sometimes referred to as the Great Gambler. He is a renegade son of the sun god Tsohanoai.

Nohoilpi came to the Earth and taught his gambling games to the various tribes but soon abused his power by besting them at all of his games of chance and then collecting his winnings by enslaving people to build an entire city to mark his glory.

Some of the other Navajo deities saw what was happening and endowed an unnamed Navajo man with superior abilities at gambling and sent him to challenge Nohoilpi with the stakes being all the people he had enslaved as well as his two wives. The Navajo man bested Nohoilpi at the game of thirteen chips, the game of the hoop and the game of pressing on wood. 

After collecting all his winnings he threw the defeated Nohoilpi up into the sky to live with the moon god Tklehanoai who eventually created the Mexican people for Nohoilpi to rule over. These people proved to be the enemies of the Pueblo Indians and the Navajo people.  

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