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Chippewa mythology

The Chipppewa[?] (also Ojibwa) are a tribe of Native Americans located in the southeast section of the United States. Shamans were the spiritual leaders of the tribe. A particularly well-respected male shaman was called a Tcisaki[?]. Chippewa mythology is known from oral legends passed down through the generations, such as the Atisokan[?], which were told only in winter in order to preserve their transformative powers.

Nanabozho[?] (also known as Wenabozho[?]) was a trickster god, who took the form of a hare. Aniwye[?] was a skunk spirit and was involved in the creation of skunks.

The Chippewa venerated Sint Holo, a mystical, invisible, horned serpent which appeared to males who were extremely wise. Sequoya[?], the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet[?], was said to have seen Sint Holo. He brought rain and make a noise similar to (but not the same as) thunder.

He may have origins in Mayan mythology or Aztec mythology. Sint Holo was venerated, in various forms, by the Cherokee, Chippewa, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Catawba[?].

Bagucks[?] is a mischievous spirit, a skeletal bird. He is a skeleton because he has starved himself out of obstinance. Wemicus[?] is a trickster god.



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