Dayuni'si (Water Beetle) Genesis is a Creation myth originating from the Cherokee belief system. The main deity depicted in this myth is likely Dâyuni'sï.
In a nutshell
The earth was a floating island in the water, held up by cords to each of the four cardinal points of the sky. It was crowded and they knew the world would fall soon. Our earth came about when Dâyuni'sï (Beaver's Grandchild), the Water beetle from Gälûñ'lätï, the sky realm, came to see what was below the water. The beetle dove in the water, pulled up mud, and the mud expanded into the earth we have today. The other animals soon followed and the first humans were a brother and sister. After being hit with a fish, the sister was told to reproduce and did so by giving birth to a child every seven days.
Main deity: Dâyuni'sï
Belief system: Cherokee
Origin:Americas › Northern America › United States
Mooney, James. "How the World was Made." In Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 239-240, authored by James Mooney. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1902.
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