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Group No. 10


A. Mythological Motifs

Group No.

A700 – A709

Group name

The heavens


A700. Creation of the heavenly bodies. Irish myth: Cross; Pawnee: Alexander N. Am. 108; Navaho: ibid. 163; Persian: Carnoy 276; Babylonian: Spence 115.
D1546. Magic object controls heavenly bodies. F961. Extraordinary behavior of heavenly bodies.
A700.1. Heavenly bodies from objects thrown into sky. The Christ Child throws mud pies into the sky and creates sun, moon, and stars. – *Dh II 78ff.; Icel.: MacCulloch Eddic 325 – 26.
A714. Sun from object thrown into sky. A741. Origin of moon from object (person) thrown into sky. A763. Stars from objects thrown into sky.
A700.2. Heavenly bodies vomited up by creator. Bushongo: Werner African 144.
A700.3. A woman has four children: sun, moon, fire, and water. India: Thompson-Balys.
A700.4. Heavenly bodies created after the plant world. Jewish: Neuman.
A700.5. Sun, moon, and stars forged by smith. African (Togo): Einstein 14f.
A700.6. Sun and moon purchased. African (Togo): Einstein 9f.
A700.7. Sun, moon, and stars nourished on fire. African (Fang): Einstein 33.
A700.8. Sun, moon, and darkness as god's three children. African (Kamerun): Mansfield 234.
A701. Creation of the sky. Babylonian: Spence 79; Hebrew: Genesis, ch. 1; Jewish: Neuman; Estonian: Loorits Grundzüge I 384; India: Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham.
A701.0.1. Creation of firmament. Jewish: Neuman.
A701.1. Origin of sky from egg brought from primeval water. – Borneo: Dixon 165; Tahiti: Henry 339.
A641. Cosmic egg. A655. World as egg. A812.2. Earth from egg from bottom of sea.
A701.2. Origin of sky from Ymir's skull. Icel.: MacCulloch Eddic 325 – 26.
A702. Nature of the sky. Chinese: Graham.
F51. Sky rope. F55. Mountain reaches to sky. F56. Sky window. F791. Rising and falling sky.
A702.1. Sky of water. The sky consists of water. – *Eisler Weltenmantel und Himmelszelt 204ff. – Egyptian: Müller 34f.
A702.2. Sky as solid vault (tent). Siberian: Holmberg Siberian 336; Hatt Asiatic Influences 63; Eskimo (Labrador): Hawkes GSCan XIV 153. – African: Werner African 130. – Cf. Isaiah, ch 40.
A702.3. Sky supported by north star ("nail of the north") around which it revolves. (Cf. A665, A774.) – Gaster Thespis 170; Icel.: MacCulloch Eddic 335; Estonian: Loorits Grundzüge I 386. – Finno-Ugric: Holmberg Finno-Ugric 221. – Siberian: Holmberg Siberian 337.
A702.3.1. Celestial bodies attached to a wheel in heaven around which they move. Jewish: Neuman.
A702.4. Why the sky is blue. India: Thompson-Balys.
A702.5. Marriage of earth and sky. India: Thompson-Balys.
A702.6. Sky measured by bird. Chinese: Graham.
A702.7. Clouds as props of the sky. Maori: Clark 18.
A702.8. Sky is black because once raised by means of dirty stick. Tonga: Gifford 23.
A625.2. Raising the sky.
A702.9. Sky immortal, changing skin like a snake. S. Am. Indian (Bacairi): Lévi-Strauss BBAE CXLIII (3) 348.
A703. Angels arrange course of heavenly bodies. Jewish: Neuman.
A705. Origin and nature of clouds.
A705.1. Origin of clouds. India: Thompson-Balys; Icel.: Boberg.
A705.1.1. Creator makes clouds from own vitals. Tahiti: Henry 339.
A705.1.2. Clouds as tapa beaten out by woman in moon. Samoa: Clark 120.
A705.2. Nature of clouds (covered with skin). (Cf. A702.9.) – India: Thompson-Balys.

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