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HODADEION PART 9 – BATTLE WITH A WHIRLWIND – At what is now called Niagara Falls, the demigod Hodadeion stood facing an enormous Dagwanoenyent. Those beings were the ancient whirlwinds so often fought by Iroquois deities.
Dagwanoenyents were enormous, flying humanoid heads with long hair which sliced the air like chainsaw blades as the whirlwinds spun around at great speed. The destruction wrought by Dagwanoenyents was legendary and Hodadeion, the young god of magic regarded the figure floating above him with dread as he stood there on the rocky outcrops at the base of Niagara Falls.
The whirlwind’s voice was so loud that Hodadeion could hear his words clearly even above the roar of the tons of water crashing to a landing nearby. The Dagwanoenyent accused Hodadeion of stealing some of his hairs and demanded that the demigod surrender those hairs to him or face his wrath.
Hodadeion was thoroughly puzzled by this and insisted he had not stolen any of the whirlwind’s hairs and had no idea why the figure was making such an odd accusation. In return the Dagwanoenyent stated he had given our protagonist his chance to survive and since he refused to return the stolen hairs the whirlwind began attacking him in earnest.
Despite his best efforts Hodadeion was being steadily driven back by the Dagwanoenyent and was barely managing to avoid being carried off by the high-powered winds generated by the spinning head. The long twirling hairs of the entity were slicing through solid rock almost as easily as through any trees in the path of its divebombing attacks.
At length our hero braced himself against a slight incline to avoid being blown away and in rapid succession fired six of his hickory tree arrows at the attacking whirlwind. Those arrows had once been hickory trees, the tallest Hodadeion could find, and through his spells he had shrunk them to the size of arrows.
Upon penetrating their target the arrows immediately sprang back to their full tree-size, rending the Dagwanoenyent’s form terribly. The being howled and roared in agony, but rising high into the sky and whirling around more rapidly than ever it eventually managed to dislodge all six hickory trees which had pierced it, hurling them miles away.
Far below, Hodadeion desperately rummaged through his magic pouch for a weapon that might prevail against his opponent. Rejecting each item in turn he at last felt long hairs in the pouch. At last the truth struck him: the Heron Women who had left him stranded at Niagara Falls two chapters back must have planted those hairs – stolen from the Dagwanoenyent – on his person to invite the being’s wrath.
The whirlwind might well have succeeded in destroying Hodadeion and then retrieved the stolen hairs and gone off, assuming it had dealt its vengeance upon the thief.
As the spinning head swooped down for another series of attacks on our protagonist, the demigod held the long, wet hairs aloft and offered them back to their owner. Hodadeion made it clear that the Heron Women must have hidden the hairs in his pouch after rendering him unconscious and he had NOT stolen them.
The Dagwanoenyent was satisfied with this explanation and mentioned that it had often caught those women attempting to steal his hairs. With its stolen hairs restored to it the whirlwind flew off, intent on venting its wrath on the sinister Heron Women.
Hodadeion ventured forth into the forest to regain his bearings and resume his search for the village of the cannibal wizards. +++
PART TEN WILL BE UP SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK. FOR MY ORIGINAL LIST OF IROQUOIS DEITIES CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2013/01/28/the-top-fifteen-deities-in-iroquois-mythology/
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