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Group No. 28


A. Mythological Motifs

Group No.

A2100 – A2199

Group name

Creation of fish and other animals


A2100. Creation of fish. India: Thompson-Balys; Jewish: Neuman; Hawaii: Beckwith Myth; 287, 422; Tuamotu: Stimson MS (z – G 3/1100); S. Am. Indian: (Toba): Métraux MAFLS XL 84.
A2110. Creation of particular fishes.
A2111. Creation of pike. Lappish: Qvigstad FFC LX 39 No. 56.
A2112. Creation of mullet. Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 63.
A2115. Origin of olachen. Tahltan: Teit JAFL XXXII 203f.
A2121. Creation of mackerel. Dh I 156.
A2122. Origin of bonito. Tonga: Buford 57.
A2125. Origin of salmon. Tahltan: Teit JAFL XXXII 206.
A2126. Origin of flounder.
A2126.0.1. Origin of flounder from Virgin Mary's half-eaten fish. (See A2305.1.2.) – *Dh II 1ff. – Finnish: Aarne FFC VIII 21 No. 116, XXXIII 55 No. 116; Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI 91 No. 91; Esthonian: Aarne FFC XXV 149 No. 64; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3180, Legends No. 282.
A2126.1. Origin of sole. New Hebrides: Codrington 372.
A2127. Origin of catfish. India: Thompson-Balys.
D177. Transformation: man (woman) to catfish.
A2131. Creation of eel. Finnish: Aarne FFC XXV 149 No. 62; Lithuanian: Balys Legends No. 287.
A2132. Creation of prawns. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2135. Origin of whale. [In folk thought, a fish]. Eskimo (Central): Boas RBAE VI 637; Kaska: Teit JAFL XXX 452.
A2135.1. Origin of narwhal. Eskimo (Cumberland Sound): Boas BAM XV 169, (Cape York): Rasmussen III 79.
A2135.2. Creation of leviathan. Jewish: Neuman.
B61. Leviathan.
A2137. Creation of sharks: from a savage tribe. India: Thompson-Balys.
A1710. Creation of animals through transformation.
A2140. Creation of reptiles. India: *Thompson-Balys.
A2145. Creation of snake (serpent). Finnish: Aarne FFC VIII 19 No. 106; Lappish: Qvigstad FFC LX 38 No. 54; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 149 No. 62; Jewish: Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buin: Wheeler Mono-Alu 28; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 96; S. Am. Indian (Tembe): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 140; Africa (Congo): Weeks 213.
D551.6.3. Transformation by eating snake eggs.
A2145.0.1. Origin of horned serpent. N. Am. Indian (Creek): Swanton BBAE LXXXVIII 32f.
B91.3. Horned snake.
A2145.1. Snake from blood of slain monster. Medusa. (Cf. A1724, A2001.) – Greek: Fox 34.
A2145.2. Snake preserved in ark: to stop hole with tail. Dh I 277. – Finnish: Aarne FFC VIII 19 No. 107, XXXIII 54 No. 107; Esthonian: Aarne FFC XXV 149. No. 61; Lithuanian: Balys Legends Nos. 192ff.
A1021.1. Pairs of animals in ark. B527.2. Helpful animal stops leak in Noah's ark.
A2145.3. Snake created to suck poison from earth. Esthonian: Aarne FFC XXV 149 No. 60; India: *Thompson-Balys.
D2161. Snake sucks poison from snake bite.
A2145.4. Snake from devil's slaver. Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 148 No. 59.
A2145.5. Adder harmful to holy person transformed to blindworm. (Cf. A1710, A1730, A2231.7.) – Dh II 7.
A2146. Creation of crocodile. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2147. Creation of tortoise (turtle). India: Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 96; Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 22, 465; S. Am. Indian (Cashinawa): Métraux BBAE CXLIII (3) 685.
A2148. Creation of lizard. Jewish: Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys.
A2148.1. Creation of chameleon. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2148.2. Origin of salamander. Jewish: Neuman.
A2160. Origin of amphibia.
A2161. Origin of toad. *Fb "lærke" II 499b (Cf. A1755). – Lithuanian: Balys Legends Nos. 124ff., 128f.; Jewish: Neuman.
A2162. Origin of frog. Finnish: Aarne FFC XXXIII 55 No. 11; Lappish: Qvigstad FFC LX 38 No. 55 (Cf. A1710). – Lithuanian: Balys Legends Nos. 127fl, 202; Jewish: Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys; Naskapi: Speck JAFL XXVIII 74.
A2170. Origin of miscellaneous animal forms. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2171. Origin of crustaceans.
A2171.1. Origin of crayfish.
A2171.1.1. Crayfish from devil's fleas shaken off in water. (Cf. A1710.) – Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 151 No. 73.
A2171.2. Creation of crab. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2171.3. Origin of lobster. Tahiti: Henry 339.
A2171.4. Origin of shrimp. Tahiti: Henry 339.
A2181. Origin of snail.
A2182. Origin of worm.
A2182.1. Origin of silkworm. *Dh II 107ff. (cf. A1725.1). – Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 79.
A2182.2. Origin of leech. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2182.3. Origin of earth-worm. India: Thompson-Balys.
A2182.4. Origin of cutworm. Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 135.
A2182.5. Origin of multipede. Jewish: Neuman.

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