Mimika mythology

AIB, p.

Mimika (southwest coast of Dutch New Guinea)



frog acting as tug pulling canoe of Murupiu through water

canoe is vulviform. Colombia: "frog" is used as allusion to vulva in Kogi language (cf. also Jabuti myth: BH, p. 181)


younger brother Kumurupi is falsely accused by elder brother Murupiuta's wife of touching her breast; is beaten by elder brother; and goeth into exile

antient Kemetian: younger brother INPW is falsely accused by elder brother BLTL's wife of raping her; is threatened by elder brother; and goeth, of his own accord, into exile (TB)


A hound "whose shiny fur gives off a weak light" (p. 80) first brought fire to humans from across (by swimming) a river (p. 81) : thereupon (p. 82) "the dog reacts to the woman's different scent. He ... licks her genitals."

Japanese (Kojiki, etc.): goddess Izana-mi died by her vulva being burned by [her giving birth to] the fire-god. [Ainu: the goddess herself is the deity of fire]


In falling from heaven to earth by Opopor, "his fee and legs penetrate deep into the soft peat ground, so deep that only his head and shoulders protrude."

South American: same {cf. also the Rapa Nui humanoid statues, which are buried in the ground up to their neck}

181, n. 9

The Opopor beyond the firmament "spy on people below through spy-holes in the firmament."

Iran: god Mitra (= Astika Mitra) is a spy


man Biwiripic tripped over tree-root while he was carrying sago [the moon is a "ball of sago", p. 78]

Maori of New Zealand: a woman (named Rona) tripped over a tree-root, cursed the moon-god, and was carried off to the moon.


sago-tree: "On the nights when the vagina is narrow and the penis can penetrate only a part of it, they produce a lot of flour." [p. 37: "When the vagina is narrow (this accounts for the younger sister as partner) the ... moisture remains in the vagina and there is a lot of marrow."]

[To be so young as so have her vagina only partially penetrable, the younger sister must have been about 7 years of age. Masai girls start having sexual intercourse regularly about this age.]


"his wife's younger sister whom he takes as his second wife ... is placed upside down by her elder sister (like a palm crown) on top of her husband (the palm)."

Maori & Peruvian: myths of a woman who is placed (stood) upside-down.


dead man (named Famiripic) is revived by ointment applied to his bodily joints: ankles, knees, hips, shoulders [cf. p. 249: man's skeleton is revived by application of firebrand to its joints; when revived he shouteth, "by my mother's vagina".]

Borneo: human souls are believed to be multiple, located in the joints of the body -- "hatod do pi'uhalan ("souls of the joints")." (DAR, p. 58) {Christ is so named because he was anointed "for burial", and thus revived}


Yapako himself was revived by emmets etc.

Aztec: Quetzal-coatl, or else his twin-brother Xolotl, became an emmet in order to revive the extinct human race


Yapako "scoops up sand with his hands."

Quetzal-coatl wore a snail-shell; "carry a snail shell", [Edo god O`bie,'mwe,`n] "turned the [snail-]shell upside down and out poured an endless stream of sand." (DI, p. 22) Quetzal-coatl was son of Huemac "hand".


Yapako "When he sees his reflection ... his drawn features shock him."

Aztec: Quetzal-coatl when seeing his reflection, was shocked at how old he looked (ET)


man Yenip opened eyen & mouth for his thitherto-infunctionally-eyed and -mouthed namesake in the underriver netherworld

antient Kemetian: caerimonies of "opening the eyen" & of "opening the mouth", performed for the souls of the recently dead (EM, pp. 192-203)


man created an anus for his thitherto-anus-less man in underriver netherworld

Kayapa of northern Ecuador: "pehuru pu`tyu, a race of beings that have neither buttocks nor anus." (MSA, p. 191)

105, 110

numerous darts are shot into living body of trapped man by his namesake in the underriver netherworld

Astika (Maha-bharata): Bhis.ma hath numerous arrows shot into his living body


"they (the sons and brothers) will feed, aoteta arokota (the children in the womb) of their sisters and mothers."

[this feeding of a foetus in a woman's womb by a man is done by his ejaculating semen into her vagina, according to general New Guinean belief]


sistren (collectely named Muyaropo-ayti) are swallowed by miroko (python), "approaching through the air"

Australian aboriginal (Murnin), in Arnhem Land: the 2 Wawilak sistren are swallowed by rainbow-snake (OMA with BC, p. 254)


mother Totepere's limbless living torso hath limbs (from another woman) grafted onto it by her son, by whom she is thereupon fucked

Bengalese Buddhism: dismembered dead womens' bodies are re-assembled by cemetery-dwelling men, by whom those women are thereupon fucked (DWB, p. 128)


women slaughter their husbands

Makurap of Rondo^nia: women slaughter their husbands (BH, p. 32)


women have male animals as husbands

Munduruku`: women have male animals as husbands. also, for the Kuiku`ru (X, p. 75)


women who died in childbirth later transform their husbands into women

Iban of Sarawak: "death of a woman in childbirth ..., known as koklir, ... aims to castrate men" (GC, p. 283). Berawan of Brunei: "death of a woman in childbirth ... longs to ... emasculating" (GC, pp. 283-4). Kayan of Kalimantan: "mothers who died in childbirth ... tear off young men's testicles and eat them." (GC, p. 285)


spirit, consisting of a white-haired head, killing a human child

Cheyenne: rolling-head, pursuing human children (RH)


spirits uproot a tree and see another world through the resultant hole in the ground; all the spirits descend through that hole except one woman who is too big because she is praegnant.

tropical forest South American: same, plugging that hole. Yunca: Collquiri travelled underground (HM, p. 422); he plugged each emergence-place (HM, p. 423), including his last (HM, p. 426).


Because a cricket chirped at the funeral of a human woman slaughtered by spirits in order that she be forced after her death to become the wife of a male spirit, crickets never die; and no woman can ever sing. She had been begrudged by humans to the spirit.

Yunca (central coast of Peru`): woman (named Capyama) was forced into sexual intercourse by the hero Collquiri (HM, p. 416) who met her when he was a callcallo (HM, p. 415), "grasshopper" (HM, n. 780). Capyama was begrudged by her parents to Collquiri (HM, p. 417). [cf. Navaho: cricket-people in one of the netherworlds]

168-9 (cf. p. 175)

in Timuka river is found, by man Iwekatiripuku, mamokoro mask with "elongated cap" {similar to those used by men who are members of the Abakwa?}

worn, like peaked hat, by many Tantrik gods is horsehead (of Haya-griva): cf. the river Herakleios "which gives out a neighing echo whenever horses drink there." (GM 122.b)


on account of this mask, Iwekatiripuku ran amok, massacring his own sister & other kinsfolk

on account of this site, Heraklees ran amok, massacring his own wife & children (GM 122.c)


having died by capsized canoe (p. 170), Iwekatiripuku planted (p. 171) "black irame bamboo bushes" having "white bamboo darts".

having been ferried into the netherworld (GM 134.c), Heraklees had his black-leaved wreath be partially bleached white (GM 134.f) to become white-poplar (aspen).


Mbiiminare-yao found, in the underriver world of the dead, the soul of his own dead mother (p. 175). Wearing mbii-kao (spirit-mask), he and his comrade Aowe-yao (p. 176) initiated [the 1st ?] wiku ("war").

Dio-nusos went underwater in lake Lerne to the world of the dead to bring back thence the soul of his dead mother, Thuone. (CDCM)


kowor ["whose bark smells like cloves", p. 255, n. 17] is used to incense a couple about to do temporary spouse-trading. The wife "says to her husband, '... tonight I will sleep in the house of the headman ..., and ... his wife, will sleep in your house. Because I have been dead ..., tonight I am going to do for the first time what people have been looking forward to (for so long). I am going to institute the papisj, wife exchange.'"

India: Tantrik temporary spouse-exchange is praeceded by a eucharist (as one of the 5 makara-s) of a spice, cardamom. [The Eskimo, e.g., also do temporary spouse-exchange.]


having acquired a wife (named Karawe') by stealing her awere (genital apron) while she was bathing (p. 233), Mbuena cut off the ears of her mother (p. 235)

Astika: Radha was acquired as lover by Kr.s.n.a by his stealing her clothing while she was bathing. Yoruba: god's wife cut off her own ears in order to feed them to her husband (S^ango).


Ufiripic is pecked, on his right forearm, by two red parrakeet-goddesses.

Quiche` (Popol Vuh): god Vucub Caquix ("7 Macaw") bit off the arm of a man.


after telling his daughter Omorawot to marry, after his impending death, a man who will look just like himself, Ufiripic praetended to die (p. 237); afterwards, unaware of his identity, she had sexual intercourse with him (p. 238)

Southwest (Maidu, Paiute, Navaho -- ST) & Northwest (Salish -- NVFR 7): this same tale is told of Coyote and his daughter


Ufiripic died in a weir.

Welsh (Hanes Taliesin): Taliesin was found in a weir.


Omorawot's sister Dafarawot gave birth to 2 female spider-goddesses

North American (Kiowa, Zun~i, etc.): supreme spider-goddess

261, n. 65

Ufiripic's elder brother Bajndosoipic had a leg-wound

Breton: so the the "Fisher King", master of the Grail-secret (that it served him)

261, n. 65

Kinako travelled within ironwood-submarine in order to overturn a house: "Whenever ... a big fish jumps then Kinako is at work."

Norse (Lokasenna): the earthquake-god [cf. overturning of house] Loki became a salmon and in that shape jumped. Cf. also the Irish salmon-god.


repeated collapse of house built of bones is occasioned by swimming yok (monitor lizard), which is thereupon slain by Seos

Hellenic: sauroctonous (lizard-slaying) Apollon, whose Delphic temple is said to have formerly been built of animal-horns


[p. 78: spots on the moon were produced by "a couple of black mudfish."] The "mudfish" are hunted by children, including (p. 242) a girl (named Wasmbe) who afterwards, risen from the dead, became (p. 243) an esculent frog.

Oregon Territory: female frog, wishing to become wife of moon-man but rejected by him, lept onto his face and is as yet visible there as the spots on the moon.


The flame-flower goddesses do not allow the youngest amongst them to see the husband of each.

Tuareg: men wear veils, so that a man cannot be seen by women other than his own wife.


Lame god BItiiPia shot the osprey which had stolen fish intended as food by two goddesses, even though that osprey was the personal pet of 2 other goddesses, including Mumoreka'pare`.

Hellenic: Lame hero Oidipous occasioned the death of the winged goddess Phig-s (*Bhij- < [S^emitic-etymon] BIP-), on account of her devouring [humans]. Norse (Edda): Bo,lverk stole food from goddess, and thence flew away in bird-shape.


Goddess "Mumoreka'pare` was shitting in the river" Uraya when she blocked that river, backing up its flow to overflow the mountainous highlands (but not the lowlands) with a mighty deluge. {cf. MaMORE` r. in wAPoRE`}

Norse (Edda): from between the legs of a daughter of Geirro,d issued forth a stream [of urine, faeces, or both?] which flooded To`rr; then she (or her sister?) squatted under the stool whereon was seated To`rr, uplifting it ["stool" being an perhaps allusive to faeces?].

AIB = Gerard Zegwaard (transl. from the Dutch by Peter Mason & Ton van Santvoord): Amoko. Crawford House, Belair (SA), 2002.

OMA = http://www.janesoceania.com/oceaniamyths_australia/index.htm

BC = W. L. Warner: A Black Civilization. Warner, W. L. New York: Harper, 1957. www.radicalanthropologygroup.org/class_text_060.pdf

DI = Phyllis Galembo: Divine Inspiration: from Benin to Bahia. U. of NM Pr, 1993.

DWB = Judith Simmer-Brown: Dakini's Warm Breath. Shambhala, Boston, 2001.

EM = Wallis Budge: Egyptian Magic.

TB = http://www.jimloy.com/egypt/brothers.htm

GC = "Gender Complementarity and Death among the Kelabit." In:- BORNEO RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH SERIES, Vol. 7 = William D. Wilder (ed.): Journeys of the Soul. 2003.

DAR = "Death among the Rungus of Sabah, Malaysia." In:- Ibid., pp. 41- 120.

MSA = John Bierhorst: The Mythology of South America. William Morrow & Co., NY, 1988.

BH = Betty Mindlin (tr. by Donald Slatoff): Barbecued Husbands. Verso, London, 2002.

X = Boas & Boas (tr. by Susana Rudge): Xingu. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973.

HM = Frank Salomon & George L. Urioste (trs.): The Huarochiri` Manuscript. U. of TX Pr, Austin, 1991.

ET = www.amoxtli.org/cuezali/exploits.html

RH = http://www.geocities.com/cheyenne_language/rollhed2.htm

ST = http://www4.hmc.edu:8001/humanities/indian/ca/ch08.htm

NVFR = http://collections.ic.gc.ca/Teit/copy%20of%20book%20c/c.300done.html

GM = Robert Graves: The Greek Myths. 1955.

CDCM = Pierre Grimal: A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. 1990.