KIKOMIHCI – The god who created human beings and animal life after the supreme deity Ibofanaga was finished creating the Earth, the heavens and the underground world. Kikomihci animated people and other animals with their “ghosts” which could leave their bodies at night in dreams and wander around, returning to their host body by morning to avoid causing illness.
Ibofanaga was solely responsible for the actual “souls” of the beings Kikomihci created. Like the Inuit and other peoples the Muscogee Creek distinguished between an animating force and an actual “eternal” soul.
Kikomihci created humans in the underground world and it was from there that the ancient Creek people eventually emerged from caves near what we call the Rocky Mountains. The Muscogee called those mountains “the spine of the world” (although in some versions it is instead the Appalachian Mountains that are given that designation). The realm of the gods was on the other side of those mountains.
A giant tree grew near the Place of Emergence, a tree that grew all the way into the heavens above and was considered the Axis Mundi by the ancient Muscogee. Originally humanity and animals all spoke the same language until Kikomihci decreed it otherwise as punishment for the wickedness of the ancient Creek people.
It was to seek purification from their wicked ways that the tribe began its mass migration toward the site of the purifying sun god’s ascent each morning. After that decree Kikomihci withdrew from the affairs of the world and nevermore took any active role in the myths.
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