For the majority of of contemporary human’s existence, say over the past 50,000 to a hundred,000 many years, if we saw one thing fly under its very own electric power, it was a fowl, a bat or an insect – perhaps a ‘traveling’ fish or ‘flying’ fox if you need to stretch matters a little bit. Fairly couple of these function prominently in almost any culture’s mythology. Bats may need an Affiliation with vampires, but your common operate-of-the-mill back garden assortment chook is normally taken with no consideration – Unless of course They can be monstrous in dimensions and like individuals for dinner.
If there is practically one thing common in Indigenous American mythology it can be large birds, monster birds, even the Thunderbird (which has been adopted like a brand name name For several items as well as the identify of a Tv set demonstrate with linked spin-off motion pics). Now other than the particular observations of those winged monstrosities, you will find absolutely nothing everything abnormal about large flying creatures in mythology. What sets these ‘birds’ apart is they usually prefer to snack to the natives – as takeaways, not dine in. Is there any natural terrestrial rationalization for birds carrying away human beings, like a crow finding up a kernel of corn? Or, may a person really have to resort to a different, more unnatural and perhaps extraterrestrial explanation?
Mythological Monster ‘Birds’ on the Americas
Dragons: Even though generally connected Together with the Outdated Earth (Europe, the Considerably East, etc.), dragons have some, albeit lesser acknowledged link in The brand new Earth of your Americas, Most likely a bit much more inside the guise of serpents, that is definitely taking up a serpentine overall look. This is most notably so with regard to that renowned feathered serpent (Seems much more similar to a hen in fact) Quetzalcoatl, a central Aztec deity, but famous also in Mayan lifestyle Which other, and mysterious initial Mesoamerican civilization, the Olmecs.
Having said that, we do possess the Piasa Chook that’s depicted like a dragon in a local American Indian mural over the Mississippi River in close proximity to modern day Alton, Illinois. It’s imagined the originals have been finished from the Cahokia Indians way just before any white settlers arrived inside their territory. Their pictographs of animals, birds including the falcon, chook-Males and serpents (monstrous snakes) had been typical, as was the Thunderbird icon. In line with a neighborhood professor living in the region in the 1830’s, John Russell, the Piasa Bird depicted inside the mural was a monstrous chicken that inhabited the realm and attacked and ate the locals that inhabited different Indian villages in the area. Seemingly it obtained a taste for human flesh after scavenging human carrion (corpses).
Thunderbirds & Associated: These beasties are almost common in Native American Indian mythology, and what is actually much more they have quite a few very similar characteristics. They are usually very significant birds which might be noticed given that the personification of thunder (the beating of their wings) and lightning and all factors stormy; a sort of Zeus or Thor but with wings, talons, a beak and feathers. The Native Americans believed that the large Thunderbird could shoot lightning from its eyes. Say what? Even odder would be that the Thunderbird usually has enamel in its beak. We have all heard the phrase “uncommon as hen’s teeth” – very well which is simply because modern day birds are toothless.
Thunderbirds were being also connected with The good Spirits so prevalent in Indian lore. They were being servants of such deities and seemingly acted as messenger-boys (sorry, messenger-birds) – a form of additional-massive carrier pigeon – carrying communications among these a variety of Good Spirits. Thunderbirds were being associated with the weather as we have seen, and likewise with drinking water. Now an interesting parallel is the fact that dragons in the Aged Earth in many cases are viewed as go-betweens between the gods and humanity (form of yet again like carrier pigeons) as well as their getting some control about the weather as well as waters was a common element too.
So, this mythological monster chook is widespread all through Indian legends. Essentially in a single case there was a Thunderbird that resembled an enormous eagle that was substantial sufficient, and strong enough to carry a whale in its claws. Say what once more? Based on the Makah persons of the Northwest Coast, a Thunderbird saved a village from famine by snatching up a whale from your Pacific Ocean and providing it to your Group to feed off of, supplying the village food Long lasting for many months. Would this be an American example of a situation of manna from Heaven? Now no chicken could truly carry even a little whale in its beak or talons, so there needs to be A further rationalization.
I’ve previously related how the Navajos have associated Ship Rock (or Shiprock) in New Mexico with a legend that claims they have been flown by a ‘flying rock’ (Ship Rock) supplied by their Excellent Spirit to flee their enemies from up north. The Navajos, in other legends, have affiliated Ship Rock Along with the presence of ‘Hen Monsters’ or cliff monsters that preyed and feed on human Navajo and Zunis flesh. I wonder if that could certainly be a garbled tale of UFO abduction.