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The-Son is born (Not in the usual way)

As you read through these stories of the birth of the hero, note the unusual points of exit and how they relate to the physical rescue of The-Saviours people.

The opening made in the serpent power by The-Saviour is one and the same as the opening from which The-Son is born.

Vedic/Hindu

Indra - Not this way go I forth: hard is the passage. Forth from the side obliquely will I issue. Much that is yet undone must I accomplish; one must I combat and the other question. 973

Wichita

The Double-Faced-Monster came where she was lying, killed her, cut her open and took out the child that she had in her womb. After taking out the child, the man wrapped it up in a robe and put it away in some other place instead of putting it where its mother was lying. He then took the after-birth, thrust the firestick into it and threw it into the water. 974

Buddhist

The Bodhisattva appeared to queen Maya in the form of a white elephant and entered her womb. Towards the end of the tenth lunar month, when the time of her confinement drew near, queen Maya requested the king to allow her to go to her parents’ home at Devadaha. The king agreeing, the queen set out on her journey in a palanquin accompanied by a number of women, including her sister, Mahaprajapati, Gautami. When queen Maya reached the Lumbini garden, she wished to stop there. As she stood holding a bough of a Sala tree, the throes of birth came upon her. The Bodhisattva appeared from the right side of the mother and was received at once by the gods and then by men. 975

Massim district of British New Guinea

One day a woman who was watching her garden close to the ocean, seeing a great fish sporting in the surf, walked out into the water and played with the fish, continuing to do this for several days. By and by the woman’s leg, against which the fish had rubbed, began to swell and became painful until at last she got her father to make a cut in the swelling, when out popped an infant. 976

Persian

The SImurgh bird, arriving instantly, told Zal the father that the birth would be no natural one. It bade him bring. “A blue-steel dagger, seek a cunning man. Bemuse the lady first with wine to ease Her pain and fear, then let him ply his craft

And take the Lion from its lair by piercing Her waist while all unconscious, thus imbruing Her side in blood, and then stitch up the gash. Put trouble, care, and fear aside, and bruise With milk and musk a herb that I will show thee

And dry them in the shade. Dress and anoint Rudaba’s wound and watch her come to life. Rub o’er the wound my plume, its gracious shade Will prove a blessing.” The mandate of the SImurgh was scrupulously obeyed, and when Rudabah awoke and saw her babe, she joyously cried, “I am delivered” (birastam), which in Persian happens to be a pun on the name of the future hero, Rustam, the ancient form of which (if the word were extant) would be Raodhatakhma(“Strong in Growth “). 977

Finland

Since the Moon refused to free him, - And the Sun would not deliver, Nor the Great Bear give assistance, - His existence growing weary,

And his life but an annoyance. - Bursts he then the outer portals

Of his dark and dismal fortress ; - With his strong, but unnamed finger, Opens ‘he the lock resisting ; -

With the toes upon his left foot,

With the fingers of his right hand. - Creeps he through the yielding portals

To the threshold of his dwelling; - On his knees across the threshold. Throws himself head foremost, forward - Plunges into deeps of ocean. 978

Ancient Greece

But, lest his [Apollo’s] offspring should her fate partake,

Spite of th’ immortal mixture in his make,

He ripp’d her [Coronis’s] womb, and set the child [Asclepius]at large, And gave him to the Centaur

Chiron’s charge:

Then in his fury black’d the raven o’er,

And bid him prate in his white plumes no more. 979

Taoism

Lao Tze means “Old Boy”, He was given this name by his followers, because his mother carried him in her womb for seventy-two years, so that when he was at length cut out of it his hair was already white. He was born from her left side. 980

978 Kalevala

979 OVID’S METAMORPHOSES

980 DONALD A. MACKENZIE. pp. 277-300. Coleman. J. A. p. 610.

973 Rigveda 4:18

974 GEORGE A. DORSEY. pp 88-100

975 The Nidanakantha

976 DIXON. R. B. pp. 112-113

977 ALBERT J. CARNOY. p. 331-332.

Birth of The-Son from the World-Tree

Here see the birth of The-Son from The-Woman as World-Tree

Japan

A long long time ago there lived an old man and an old woman. One day the old man went to the mountains to cut grass; and the old woman went to the river to wash clothes. While she was washing a great big thing came tumbling and splashing down the stream. When the old woman saw it she was very glad, and pulled it to her with a piece of bamboo that lay nearby. When she took it up looked at it she saw that it was a very large peach. She then quickly finished her washing and returned home intending to give the peach to her old man to eat. When she cut the peach in two, out came a child from the large kernel. “Dont be afraid” said the little fellow. “The gods have heard how much you desired a child and have sent me to be a comfort to you in your old age.” Seeing this, the old couple rejoiced, and named the child Momotaro, or Little Peachling, because he came out of a peach. As both the old people took good care of him, he grew and became strong and enterprising. So the old couple had their expectations raised, and bestowed still more care on his education. Momotaro finding that he excelled everybody in strength determined to cross over to the island of the devils, kill them, take their riches, and come back. Not only had these devils stolen the riches of the villages but they had also taken many innocent people and eaten them. He at once consulted with the old man and the old woman about the matter and they were pleased for they knew he had been sent from heaven and no devil on earth could defeat him. He got them to make him some dumplings. These he put in his pouch. Besides this he made every kind of’ preparation for his journey to the island of the devils and set out. Then first a dog came to the side of the way and said; “Momotaro! What have you there hanging at your belt?” He replied: “I have some of the very best Japanese millet dumplings.” ‘’Give me one and I will go with you,” said the dog, So Momotaro took a dumpling out of his pouch and gave it to the dog. Then a monkey came and got one the same way. A pheasant also came flying and said: “Give me a dumpling too, and I will go along with you,” So all three went along with him. In no time they arrived at the island of the devils, and at once broke through the castle gate; Momotaro first; then his three followers. Here they met a great multitude of the devil’s retainers many of whom ran away in fright because they knew who he was. Some of the devils showed fight, but Momotaro pressed still inwards killing all of them, and at last encountered the chief of the devils, called Akandoji. Then came the tug of war, Akandoji made at Momotaro with an iron club, but Momotaro was ready for him, and dodged him adroitly. At last they grappled each other, and without difficulty Momotaro just crushed down Akandoji and tied him with a rope so tight that he could not even move. After this Akandoji the chief of the devils said he would surrender all his riches. “Out with your riches then;” said Momotaro laughing. Having collected and ranged in order a great pile of precious things, Momotaro handed the Chief of devils over to monkey. He then set free all the prisoners in the castle of devils. He Rejoiced, as he marched bravely back home, that, with the help of his three companions, to whom he attributed all his success, he had been able so easily to accomplish his end. Great was the joy of the old man and the old woman when Momotaro came home. 987

Negritos, Southeast Asia

In the beginning there was only the divine couple, Pedn and Manoid, and there was the sun, but no earth. It was the dung beetle who created the earth out of mud. After a while, the couple came down to the new Earth. They had children, but in a strange way. It came about that, in a dream, Manoid begged Pedn for a child, and Pedn went out and picked some fruit from a tree, which became a boy child when he placed it on a cloth. 988

Brazil

Tiri was said to have emerged from the trunk of a tree and was suckled by a jaguar. 989

987 Hadland Davis. F. pp. 57-62. & Momotaro or the Little Peachling.

988 Leeming, David Adams. p.42. CMW

989 J.A.Coleman.

Human Perspective During the Birth of The-Son

The Acoma of New Mexico

In the beginning two sister-spirits were born somewhere in the darkness of the underground. Living in constant darkness they grew slowly and knew one another only by touch. For some time they were fed by a female spirit named Tsichtinako (Thinking Woman) who taught them language. When she thought the twins were ready, Tsichtinako gave the sisters baskets containing seeds for all the plants and models of all the animals that would be in the next world. Tsichtinako said the baskets were from their father and that they were to be carried to the light of the upper world. She helped the sisters find the seeds of four trees in the baskets, and these seeds the sisters planted in the dark. After a long time the trees sprouted and one·a pine·grew sufficiently to break a small hole through the earth above and let in some light. With Tsichtinako’s help, the girls found the model of the badger, to whom they gave the gift of life and whom they instructed to dig around the hole so it would become bigger. They cautioned the animal not to enter into the world of light, and he obeyed. As a reward he was promised eventual happiness in the upper world.

Next the sisters found the model of the locust in the baskets. After they gave him life, they asked him to smooth the opening above but warned him not to enter the world of light. When he returned after doing his job he admitted he had indeed passed through the hole. “What was it like up there?” the sisters asked. “Flat” he answered. Locust was told that for having done his work he could accompany the spirits to the upper world but that for his disobedience he would live in the ground and would have to die and be reborn each year. Then it was time for the sister-spirits to emerge. Instructed by Tsichtinako, they took the baskets, Badger, and Locust, climbed the pine tree to the hole above, and broke through into the upper world. There they stood waiting until the sun appeared in what Tsichtinako had told them was the east. They had also learned the other three directions from her, as well as a prayer to the sun, which they now recited, and the song of creation, which they sang for the first time.993

The Zunis

The Fourth World was dark, they say, and crowded. The people constantly got in each other’s way. In the world there was the sun and the earth. The Father looked down on the beautiful Mother and pitied the people crowded in the darkness below her. He sent his rays down to Earth in such a way as to encourage his two sons, Elder Brother and Younger Brother, to go in search of the people. “Lets go find the people, so they can come up here and see our father.” said Younger Brother. The brothers went southwest until they came to the entrance to the below. It was dim in the First World, dark in the Second World, very dark in the Third World, and pitch black in the Fourth World, where the people were. The people sensed that strangers were among them; they touched the children of the Sun in the darkness. “Come with us and we will take you to the Sun.” the brothers said, “but we must show you how.” So Younger Brother went north and planted pine seeds, turned around while a pine tree grew, and took a branch to the people. Then he did the same with the spruce in the west, the silver spruce in the south, and the aspen in the east. The sons of the Sun built a prayer stick ladder of the pine tree from the north for the people to use on their climb to the third world. They stayed there for some time some say four days, some say four years. The sons then made a prayer stick ladder out of the western spruce and the people climbed to the second world. The dim light there almost blinded them. They stayed there for a while; then the sons made a prayer stick ladder from the silver spruce of the south and the people climbed to the first world, where they had to cover their eyes in the dawn-like light. When they could see, the people were horrified by the way they looked; they were dirty and slimy and they had tails, no mouths, and webbed feet. They remained in the first world for four days (or four years). Finally, the sons of the Sun made a prayer stick ladder out of the aspen tree of the east, and, accompanied by thunder, the people climbed out into our world. The brightness brought tears of pain to their eyes, but Younger Brother forced them to look directly at the Father Sun. The tears of pain flowed, and from these tears came flowers. “Now you are in the world.” said the sons. The people rested at the emergence spot for four days before moving on to Awico, where the sons taught the people how to grow food. The people liked the way the corn smelled, but they had no mouths, so the brothers cut mouths into them while they slept. Later they cut the webs between the peoples fingers and outlets in their bottoms. Now the people could handle the food, eat it, and give off waste. One night the brothers removed the tails and horns from the people.994

Apache

In the beginning the Earth was only water and the people, animals and plants lived in the dark underworld. The darkness was pleasant to those animals we think of as night animals; the owl or the mountain lion, for instance but not to the liking of the people and other day animals. When the sun got to the top of the underworld, he found a hole and saw the Earth on the other side. When he told the people of the world above, they all wanted to go there, so they built four mounds, one for each direction and planted them with various fruits and flowers. Both the mounds and the plantings grew until two girls climbed them to pick flowers; all growth then stopped, leaving the mountaintops still far from the hole above. It took the help of the buffalo to get the people up to the hole. The buffalo gave their horns to be used as a ladder. Before emerging from the hole the people sent up the moon and sun, to provide light, and four winds one from each underground mound to blow away the waters that covered everything. After various animals had gone through the hole to test the new world, the people emerged and eventually the Great Spirit settled them there in what is the centre of the world.995

Navajo

The women were starving and they no longer taunted the men across the river. Many tried to swim across and weretaken by Water Monster. Finally, the men allowed the women to cross over, and after cleansing ceremonies the men and women came together again. Two young girls were taken by Water Monster on the way over. With the help of the gods and their mysterious ceremonies, the People went under the waters and found the lost children with Water Monster and two of his own children in the North room of many colors. The People were allowed to take their children, but Coyote, who had descended with them, stole the children of Water Monster. Since Coyote always kept his robe closely wrapped around him, he was able to conceal his theft from the People, but the wrath of Water Monster was not hidden. Soon a great flood came. The people were protected from the flood only at the last minute. A strange old man and his son appeared and hid them in a huge reed. Since Turkey was at the bottom of the reed, his tail feathers got wet at the tip and turned white, as they remain today. The People sent scouts to the sky to seek a means of escape from the Fourth World. It was Locust who finally succeeded in digging through to the Fifth World, but the water followed the People up the reed and began to enter the Fifth World, too. Only when the children of Water Monster were discovered and thrown down the hole did the waters subside.996

Brazil

Tiri opened the tree trunk he was born from and all his tribe appeared.997

Ancient Scandinavia

During Ragnarok the serpent Nidhogg finally ate through the roots of the world tree Yggdrasil

After Ragnarok [the end of the world] there is a hall, standing far from the sun on Corpse Strand.

The doors face north.

Poison drips in through the smoke hole.

Walls of that hall are woven from snake’s spines.

There oath breakers and murderers wade through heavy streams.

But the worst place is in Hvergelmir.

There [the serpent] Niddhog torments the corpses of the dead.

Lif and Leifthrasir will have hidden themselves in Hoddmimir’s Holt.

[Hoddmimir’s Holt is a holy tree or wood where precious things are hoarded]

They have the morning dew for their food.

From them springs mankind. [into the new world]. 998

995 Leeming, David Adams. p.42. CMW

996 Locke, Raymond Friday. The Book of the Navajo, 55–79. Los Angeles: Mankind Publishing Company, 1989.

997 J.A.Coleman.

998 The Prose Edda and J. A. Coleman.

993 Leeming, David Adams. p.33. CMW

994 Leeming, David Adams. p.298. CMW

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The-Woman's Final Labour

Sumerian

Ninshubur pleaded with the gods not to let Inanna be put to death in the underworld. Enki, was troubled and grieved for his daughter, Inanna. From under his fingernails, Enki, brought forth dirt and fashioned the dirt into creatures neither male or female, the kurgarra and the galatur. He gave the food of life to the kurgarra, and to the galatur, the water of life. Enki then instructed them to enter the underworld like flies. There they would find Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld, moaning with the cries of a woman about to give birth. Enki told the kurgarra and the galatur, that when she cried of her inside or her outside, they were to echo her cries. That this would please her, and she would offer them a gift. They were to ask her only for the corpse hanging on the wall. And when each sprinkled the food and water of life, that Inanna would rise. The kurgarra and the galatur heeded Enki’s words and set out for the underworld. As flies, they slipped through the cracks of the gates, and entered Ereshkigal’s throne room. Ereshkigal was moaning as if she were about to give birth.942

942 Wolkstein and Kramer. Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer. 1983

Appearance of The-Saviour at the end

Islam

And indeed, Jesus will be [a sign for] knowledge of the Hour [of judgment], so be not in doubt of it, and follow Me. This is a straight path. 949

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah said, “By Him in whose hands my soul rests! It is definitely close in that time that Isa [Jesus], Son of Maryam [Mary] descends amongst you as a just ruler. He will break the cross, kill the swine and abolish jaziya. And money will abound in such access that no one will accept it. 950

Judaism/Christianity

We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,

Nor were inhabitants of the world born.

Your dead will live;

Their corpses will rise.

You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,

For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,

And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms

And close your doors behind you;

Hide for a little while

Until indignation runs its course.

For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place

To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;

And the earth will reveal her bloodshed

And will no longer cover her slain.

In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,

With His fierce and great and mighty sword, 951

Christianity

For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.952

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” 953

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end. 954

Apocrypha

His disciples said to him, “When will you be revealed and become visible to us, and when shall we behold you?” Jesus said, “When you disrobe, stripping naked without being ashamed and take your garments and put them under your feet like little children and tread upon them. Then you will see the child of the Living, the Son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid.”955

949 Surah 43:61

950 Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad, vol 2, p. 240

951 Isaiah 26:18-21

952 Matthew 24:24-31

953 Revelation 19:11-16

954 1 Corinthians 15:20-24

955 Gospel of Thomas v37

The Physical Rescue

Before the birth of The-Son The-Saviour shall return to rescue his people from the belly of the serpent, the underworld of death.

Earlier we saw the (spiritual) rescue of his people from within the serpent power where the living and the dead cleaved to The True Vine, now we shall see him complete his saving work from outside the serpent power.

This final (physical) rescue of his people is the birth of The-Son.

Maori

When Wahie-roa had become a man he went to war with Te Poua-hao-kai (the centre of the food collection) and Matuku-tangotango (crane selector), but was killed by them. At that time Rata, his first- born, was merely an infant. Rata said to his mother, “I must go and take satisfaction for the death of my father.” His mother gave her consent, and he went to the forest of Tane and felled a tree, and came back to the settlement. The following day he found the tree as though it had not been cut down. He cut it down again, and hid himself close by. After some time he heard the noise of the Haku-turi (bowlegged) coming, who, with the Roro (doorway), lifted the tree up again. He called to them, and said, ‘Let my tree lie down’ The-Many of Koro and The-Many of Haku-turi began to repeat their incantation thus:—It is Eata. Rata, you are felling the forest of Tane. Fly this way, the splinters of Tane; Stick together and hold. Fly this way, the chips of Tane; yes, stick together, hold tremblingly. Fly this way, the ribs of Tane; Yes, sticking together; yes, holding. Stand straight up, Stand up green and fresh. Lift up; stand growing green. The tree was again standing erect. Rata then said,’’ You are mischievous beings to put my tree back to its old position.’ They replied, “You unceremoniously laid your ancestor low. You did not acquaint us. Had you told us first, then you could, without any interruption, have severed the neck and laid low your ancestor Tane-mahuta”(Tane leap up). Rata spoke. They answered, “ When you cut a tree down make haste at once and take the root and leaves of the paie-tao (drooping head-dress—the fern Asplenium obUqmim), and place them on the stump ; then you can take the body of the tree.’’ He cut the tree down again, an d followed these directions, and adzed his canoe, and called the name A-niwa-niwa (great unlimited good ; rainbow).Having completed his preparations, he launched his canoe ; and when in the midst of the ocean he asked his fellow-warriors how Te Pou-a-hao-kai and I Matuku-tangotango conducted their wars. They replied, “As you come near their jui Te Pou-a-hao-kai will call to you and say,’ Little heads, little heads,’ and when your army lands he will swallow all—not one will escape.” Rata said, “Te Pou-a-hao-kai and Matuku-tangotango will be killed by me.” Rata, addressing his warriors, said, “When Pou-a-hao-kai calls out, ‘ Little heads, little heads,’ I will answer, ‘ Quickly, Big Face, spread it over the expanse of heaven.”’ Having thus addressed his army, the canoe went on and came to a rough sea near the coast. Te Pou-a- hao-kai called, “Little heads.” Rata answered,” Quickly, Big Face, spread it over the expanse of heaven.” They landed, and, being so many, they covered the sandy beach from end to end, and, though Pou-a- haokai opened his mouth wide, he was unable to swallow them. While they were hauling their canoe up on the beach out of the tideway, Pou-a-haokai went to order food and houses for their accommodation. Rata said, “If Pou-a-hao-kai again calls, ‘ Little heads,’ I will answer again by saying,’ Quickly, Big Face, make an opening in the wall of the house at the screen.’” When they had pulled up the canoe, they went to the settlement, where Pou-a-hao-kai called from within a house, “ Little heads.” Rata answered,” Quickly, Big Face, make an opening in the wall. “Rata’s warriors then broke an opening in the side of the house and entered, when Poua-hao-kai called and said,” Occupy the side of the house which has been covered with matting.” Rata called and said “Occupy the side not covered with matting.” And so they did. Poua-hao-kai went out of the house and ordered a feast for Rata and his army. The feast was spread before them, but each of the warriors only put the food to his mouth and did not partake of it. Rata asked Poua-hao-kai for some water. The god (Poua-hao-kai) went to get it, but as he went to it the water receded. On he followed till he was tired. Now, Rata, with his incantations, had caused the water to dry up as Poua-hao-kai followed it; so he called to him to comeback. Pouahao- kai, on his return, said, “I went, but the water went from me. I am quite cold in following it.” Rata said, “Enough. My thirst has been slaked with the rain of heaven, which I caused to come.” He asked Poua-haokai to come near to the fire and warm himself, and ordered the warriors to cook some food for him. They placed four stones on the fire. When they were heated. Rata lifted one and repeated an incantation, and said, “Here is food for you.” The god opened his mouth, and the stone was thrown into it and swallowed. Immediately there was a loud noise—the stone had burst and splintered in his throat. Rata said “Here is another.” The god said, “ Give it to me’ It was given and swallowed. When all the stones had been thus swallowed, his bowels burst asunder, and many canoes and men were seen. Thus Pou-a-hao-kai was killed by Rata. Now, one of the other men-Swallowing gods, of the name of Tama-uri-uri (black son), was taken prisoner by Rata, Rata asked him, “Where is Matuku-tangotango?’’ He is down in his cave eating men,” was the reply. Rata asked, “What day will he come up here?” “When the moon is full,” was the answer,” he will come up to perform his ceremonies, repeat incantations, and bathe.” Tama-uri-uri then helped Rata to capture and kill Matuku-tangotango.961

Rawanda of East Africa

Miseke a human woman was married to Thunder. They lived in Thunder’s home in the sky where they bore three children; two boys and a baby girl. After the baby girl was born Miseke went to visit her family back on earth. On her way she, her children and her helpers ran into a monster who demanded something to eat. They gave him some beer and he drank all the beer they had. Then he seized one of the helpers and ate him then he proceeded to eat all the helpers and all the gifts and provisions they had brought for her family including cattle. No one was left but Miseke and her children. The ogre demanded a child to eat. Miseke had no choice but to give up her youngest boy and then in the same manner she was forced to give up her baby daughter. While the monster was busy eating she sent her oldest son to her old village to get help. The young men of the village came and killed the monster but just before he died he told them “If you cut off my big toe you will get back everything belonging to you.” They did so and behold! out came the helpers, the cattle and the children, none of them in bad condition.962

Zulu

Usiququmadevu is the Zulu Goddess of destruction. She is an ugly, bearded, humpbacked monster who eats people. She lives in the Ilulange river. In the Zulu myths, her first victim is a maiden named Untombinde, who is the chief’s daughter. Untombinde and some other girls went to the bathe in the Ilulange, even though they had been warned that nothing ever returned from the river. While they were bathing, Usiququmadevu took their clothes. Each girl asked for her clothes back and Usiququmadevu gave them back, until it was Untombinde’s turn. She refused to deal with the monster, who dragged her into the river and ate her. When the other girls reported what had happened, the chief sent warriors to bring back Usiququmadevu, but she ate them all before they could attack her. She then moved on to the village, where she ate all the people, the dogs, and the cattle. The chief had escaped, and he vowed to find Usiququmadevu and kill her. As he searched, he met groups of animals, each of whom told him to keep going. When he at last found her, Usiququmadevu pretended to be one of the animals and also told him to go on, but the chief recognized her and stabbed her in her hump. As she died, all the people, the cattle and the dogs, and lastly Untombinde came out of her mouth unharmed. In another Zulu version a young herd boy is the hero who was also swallowed by the monster but made her so uncomfortable that she pleads to be cut open and all the victims are released.963

Algonquin

Bad things began one year when the people’s stream dried up. The people sent a representative north to the stream’s source to see what the problem was. In time, the man came to a wide part of the stream that was yellow and polluted. He nevertheless asked the people there for a drink, but they told him he would have to ask their chief upstream who kept all of the good water for himself. The man walked on to where the chief lived. This chief was a monster who had dug a huge hole to dam up the water at its source. The man told him why he had come, and the monster opened his mouth to roar threats at him, revealing in his mouth the people and objects he had devoured. The man ran back to his people and told them what he had seen. Now Glooskap, up above in his white canoe, had seen all of this and determined to regain water for his people. He dressed himself as for war, shook the Earth with his war cry and the stomping of his feet in a war dance, took up a mountain made of flint and turned it into a huge knife, and moved towards the monster chief. After a terrible fight, in which the monster tried to swallow Glooskap, Glooskap sliced open the giant’s belly, thus releasing a torrent of water that turned the little dried up stream of the first people into a mighty river. 964

Judaism/Christianity

For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place

To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;

And the earth will reveal her bloodshed

And will no longer cover her slain.

In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,

With His fierce and great and mighty sword,.965

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. “Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.

966 1 Corinthians 15:20-24

962 Ford. C. W. p. 58.

963 Parrinder. G. p. 94

964 Leeming, David Adams. p.36. CMW

965 Isaiah 26:17 - 27:1

961 WHITE. J. pp. 90-93.

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Ancient China

One night Her Majesty witnessed a brilliant flash of lightning which darted from the vicinity of the star across the sky and lit up the whole country. Her Majesty became pregnant, but did not give birth to her son until twenty-five months later.923

Finland

Singly also, Wainamoinen, - The renowned and wise enchanter, Born from everlasting Ether - Of his mother, Ether’s daughter.

In a solitude of ether, - She descended to the ocean,

Till at last in full conception, - Union now of force and beauty,

Sink the storm- winds into slumber; - Overburdened now the maiden Cannot rise above the surface ; - Seven hundred years she wandered, Ages nine of man’s existence,- Swam the ocean hither, thither.

Could not rise above the waters, - Conscious only of her travail;

‘Seven hundred years she labored - Ere her first-born was delivered. Thus she swam as water-mother.- Toward the east, and also southward, Toward the west, and also northward; - Swam the sea in all directions.

Frightened at the strife of storm-winds, - Swam in travail, swam unceasing. Ere her first-born was delivered.

But the singer, Wainamoinen, - Had not yet beheld the sunshine, Had not seen the golden moonlight, -

Still remaining undelivered. Wainamoinen, old and trusty, - Lingering within his dungeon

Thirty summers altogether, - And of winters, also thirty.924

Taoism

Lao Tze means “Old Boy”, He was given this name by his followers, because “ his virgin mother carried him in her womb for seventy-two years.925

Nyanga of the Congo

The king Shemwindo had seven brides each of whom conceived a child with him all at once. He had decreed that all his wives must give birth to girls and any boys who were born would be killed by the king himself. After many months had passed six of his wives gave birth to six baby girls all on the same day. But Nyamwindo, the seventh wife and preferred one, remained inexplicably pregnant and worried what her long gestation might mean. Suddenly strange things began to occur. Firewood would appear on her doorstep; her water jar seemed to fill itself and vegetables would appear on her table. Mean while the villagers began to distain Nyamwindo for failing to deliver her child. 926

Judaism/Christianity

As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,

She writhes and cries out in her labour pains,

Thus were we before You, O Lord.

We were pregnant, we writhed in labour,

We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.

We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,

Nor were inhabitants of the world born. 927

923 DONALD A. MACKENZIE. pp. 277-300.

924 Kalevala

925 DONALD A. MACKENZIE. pp. 277-300. Coleman. J. A. p. 610.

926 Ford. C. W. p. 71.

927 Isaiah 26:17-18

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Egypt

When Good King Osiris returned from his mission, there was great rejoicing in the land. A royal feast was held, and Set came to make merry, and with him were his fellow conspirators. He brought a shapely and decorated chest, which he had caused to be made according to the measurements of the king’s body. All men praised it at the feast, admiring its beauty, and many desired greatly to possess it. When hearts were made glad with beer−drinking, Set proclaimed that he would gift the chest unto him whose body fitted its proportions with exactness. There was no suspicion of evil design among the faithful subjects of Osiris. The guests spoke lightly, uttering jests one against another, and all were eager to make trial as Set had desired. So it happened that one after another entered the chest on that fateful night, until it seemed that no man could be found to win it for himself. Then Osiris came forward. He lay down within the chest, and he filled it in every part. But dearly was his triumph won in that dark hour which was his hour of doom. Ere he could raise his body, the evil followers of Set sprang suddenly forward and shut down the lid, which they nailed fast and soldered with lead. So the richly decorated chest became the coffin of the good king Osiris, from whom departed the breath of life. The feast was broken up in. confusion. Merrymaking ended in sorrow, and blood flowed after that instead of beer. Set commanded his followers to carry away the chest and dispose of it secretly. As he bade them, so did they do. They hastened through the night and flung it into the Nile. The current bore it away in the darkness, and when morning came it reached the great ocean and was driven hither and thither, tossing among the waves. So ended the days of Osiris and the years of his wise and prosperous reign in the land of Egypt. The coffin of Osiris was floating down the Nile and entering the sea by the Delta mouth. It was driven by the waves to Byblos, in Syria, and it was cast upon the shore. A sacred tree sprang up and grew round it, and the body of the dead ruler was enclosed in its great trunk. The king of that alien land marvelled greatly at the wonderful tree, because that it had such rapid growth. 895

Christianity

Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will Branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the Lord. Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honour and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between two offices.896

That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies 897

Truly, truly, I say to you; a grain of wheat remains alone unless it falls into the earth and dies; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.898

Jesus said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?

“It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. It is smaller than all the seeds that are sown upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. It becomes a tree with large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NEST UNDER THE SHADE IN ITS BRANCHES.”899

895 Donald Mackenzie. pp. 24-25.

896 Zechariah 6:12-13

897 I Corinthians 15:36

898 John 12:23-24

899 Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:26-27, Luke 13:30-32

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Blackfoot Indians

Kutoyis asked where there were some more people. They told him that there were some people down the river, and some up in the mountains. But they said: “Do not go there, for it is bad, because Aisinokoki (Wind Sucker) lives there. He will kill you.” It pleased Kutoyis to know that there was such a person, and he went to the mountains. When he got to the place where Wind Sucker lived, he looked into his mouth, and could see many dead people there—some skeletons and some just dead. He went in, and there he saw a fearful sight. The ground was white as snow with the bones of those who had died. There were bodies with flesh on them; some were just dead, and some still living. He spoke to a living person, and asked, “What is that hanging down above us?” The person answered that it was Wind Sucker’s heart. Then said Kutoyis: “You who still draw a little breath, try to shake your heads (in time to the song), and those who are still able to move, get up and dance. Take courage now, we are going to have the ghost dance.” So Kutoyis bound his knife, point upward, to the top of his head and began to dance, singing the ghost song, and all the others danced with him; and as he danced up and down, the point of the knife cut Wind Sucker’s heart and killed him. Kutoyis took his knife and cut through Wind Sucker’s ribs, and freed those who were able to crawl out, and said to those who could still travel to go and tell their people that they should come here for the ones who were still alive but unable to walk.906

Polynesia

Having lost his parents Nganaoa was warned by an oracle, “Go to the land of Moonlight, to seek your parents Tairitokerau and Vaiaroa.” The Chief Rata was anxious to begin exploring in his canoe. It had been built by birds in their gratitude for Rata’s help in defeating a sea serpent who was trying to kill White Heron their Chief. He provided the canoe with a mast and a sail, and then summoned his friends, and laid in food and water for his projected voyage. Everything being now ready, he went on board, and was just starting when Nganaoa asked permission to go in this wonderful vessel. But Rata would not consent. The crafty Nganaoa seeing the canoe start without him ran to fetch an empty calabash, knocked off the top, and squeezing himself in as best he could, floated himself off on the surface of the ocean, until he got a little ahead of the canoe. The people in Rata’s canoe were surprised to see an apparently empty calabash floating steadily just before their vessel. Rata desired one of his men to stoop down to pick up the calabash, as it might prove useful. The-Man did so, but to his astonishment found it very heavy — actually containing a man compressed into the smallest possible compass. A voice now issued from the calabash, “O Rata, take me on board your canoe.” “Whither away?” inquired the chief “I go,” said the poor fellow inside the calabash, “ warned by an oracle, to the land of Moonlight, to seek my parents Tairitokerau and Vaiaroa.” Rata now asked, “What will you do for me if I take you in ? “ The imprisoned Nganaoa replied, “I will look after your mat sail.” “I do not want your help,” said Rata. “Here are men enough to attend to the great mat sail.” After a pause, Nganaoa, still unreleased from his awkward position, again earnestly addressed Rata: “Let me go in your canoe.” “Whither away?” again demanded the chief. “I go,” said Nganaoa, “warned by an oracle, to the land of Moonlight, to seek my parents Tairitokerau and Vaiaroa.” Rata again asked” What now will you do for me if I take you in? “The reply issued from the calabash, “I will unweariedly bale out the water from the bottom of your canoe.” Again Rata said, “I do not want your help. I have plenty of men to bale out the water from the bottom of the canoe.” A third time, in similar terms, Nganaoa entreated permission to go :in the canoe—to paddle it whenever the wind should grow light or adverse. But Rata would not accept his services. At last, upon the fourth application, the desponding Nganaoa was successful, on the promise to destroy all the monsters of the ocean which might infest their path. Rata wisely reflected that he had” entirely forgotten to provide against this emergency; and who so fertile in expedients as Nganaoa, who was now permitted to emerge from his calabash, and to take his place armed at the head of the canoe to be on the look-out for monsters. Swiftly and pleasantly, mth a fair wind, they sped over the ocean in quest of new lands. One day Nganaoa shouted, “O Rata, here is a terrible foe starting up from the main.” It was an open clam of fearful proportions. One shell was ahead, the other astern—the canoe and all on board lying between! In another moment this horrid clam might crush them all by suddenly closing its mouth ! But Nganaoa was ready for the emergency. He seized his long spear and quickly drove it down into the fish, so that the bivalve instead of suddenly snapping them all up sank immediately to the bottom of the ocean. This danger escaped, they again sped pleasantly on their way. But after a while the voice of the ever vigilant Nganaoa was heard: “O Rata, yonder is a terrible enemy starting up from ocean depths.” It proved to be an octopus of extraordinary dimensions. Its huge tentacula encircled the vessel in their embrace, threatening to destroy them. At this critical juncture Nganaoa seized his spear and fearlessly drove it through the head of the octopus. The tentacula now slowly relaxed, and the dead monster floated off on the surface of the ocean. Again they pursued their voyage in safety. But one more great peril awaited them. One day the brave Nganaoa shouted, “ O Rata, here is a great whale.” Its enormous mouth was wide open; one jaw beneath the canoe, and the other above it! The whale was evidently bent on swallowing them up alive. Nganaoa, the slayer of monsters, now broke his long spear in two, and at the critical moment when the whale was about to crush them all, he cleverly inserted both stakes inside the mouth of their foe, so that it became impossible for it to close its jaws. Nganaoa nimbly jumped inside the mouth of this great whale and looked down into the stomach, and lo! There sat his long lost father Tairitokerau and his mother Vaiaroa, who had been swallowed alive when fishing by this monster of the deep. The oracle was fulfilled; his voyage was prosperous. The parents of Nganaoa were busily engaged in platting cinet Great was their joy at seeing their son; being assured that deliverance was at hand. Nganaoa resolved, whilst extricating his parents, to be fully revenged upon the whale. He therefore extracted one of the two stakes—the remaining one sufficing to prevent the monster from enclosing him as well as his parents in this living tomb. Breaking this prop into two pieces, he converted them into fire-sticks. He desired his father to hold firmly the lower one, whilst he worked assiduously with the upper stick, until at length the fire smoldered. Blowing it to a flame, Nganaoa set fire to the fatty portion of the stomach. The monster, writhing in agony, sought relief in swimming to the nearest land, where, on reaching the sandy beach, father, mother, and son quietly walked out through the open mouth of the stranded and dying whale. The island proved to be Iti-te-marama, or Moonlight.907

Christianity

Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But Jesus answered and said unto them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of that gaping fish; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, one greater than Jonah is here.” 910

When he ascended up on high, he led captives in his train, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.”911

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God the Father; when he shall have destroyed all rule and all authority and power; for he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.912

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”913

910 Mat 12:38 -41

911 Eph 4:9-10

912 1Co 15-26

913 John 11:25-26

907 Gill. W. W. pp. 142-148.

906 George Bird Grinnell, Blackfoot Lodge Tales, pp. 35-36

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The Vine

With The-Saviour now in the presence of The-Man The-Vine is full grown.

Through oneness with The-Vine humanity has access once again to The-Man.

‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘For there will be peace for the Seed: the Vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.879

Jesus said “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. “My Father is glorified by this; that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.880

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of this vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”881

“But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 882

For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.883

879 Zechariah 8:11-12

880 John 15:1-11

881 Mark 14:22-26

882 Matthew 26:29

883 Ephesians 2:18

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There are quite a few myths where a hero ascends a tree (World-Tree) and finds himself in a heaven but they didnt seem quite apropriate here.

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Humanity is resurrected by the second bodily soul, the bodily soul of The-Son

Christianity

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”869

‘In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of Gods own possession to the praise of His glory.’ 870

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.871

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Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And he who lives from the Living One will not see death.”872

869 John 6:35-51

870 Eph 1:13-14

871 1 John 5:20

872 The Gospel of Thomas

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The glorious new body that is given to us is the New-Tree that will replace the World-Tree

Mandan Indians

Lone Man taught them how to perform ceremonies in remembrance of him. As part of the preparation, the people were to find a cedar tree and set the trunk in the middle of the village. They were to paint it red and then burn incense and offer sacrifices nearby. Lone Man told the people that he would be going away, but that he was leaving his body (the cedar) behind. 848

848 Dawn E. Bastian and Judy K. Mitchell. p. 96

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The Serpent Power could not hold the Saviour

Diegueno Indians

A big snake lived out in the ocean over in the west. He was called Maihaiowit. He was the same as the world shaper Teaipakomat but had taken another form. This big snake had swallowed all learning. All the arts were inside his body—singing, dancing, basket making, and all the others. The place where the snake lived was called Wicuwul The people at this time at Wikami wished to have an Image Ceremony. They had made awokeruk, ceremonial house, but did not know what else to do. They could neither dance nor make speeches. One man knew more than the others. He told them they ought to do more than just build the house, so that the people who came after them would have something to do. So they made up their minds to send to Maihaiowit and ask him to give them the dances. Another sea monster, XamiLkotat, was going to swallow everyone who tried to go out to Maihaiowit. So the people said the man who went had better change himself into a bubble. So the man who had first spoken about the matter changed himself into a bubble. The monster swallowed him anyway. When he found himself down inside he first went north, but he could find no way out. Then he went south, east, and west but could find no way out. Then he reached his hand toward the north—he was a wonderful medicine-man— and got a blue flint, awi-haxwa. He broke this so as to get a sharp edge. Then he cut a hole through the monster and got out. Then he went on and on till he got to the place where Maihaiowit lived. The snake had a big circular house, with the door in the top. The-Man went in there. When the snake saw him he called out. “Who-are-you my-house hole comes-in?” The-Man answered “I it-is, Uncle”. ‘’ Tell me what you want, ‘’ said the snake.”I came over from Wikami,” said The-Man. “They are trying to make a wukeruk ceremony there, but they don’t know how to sing or dance.””All right,” said the snake, “I will come and teach them. You go ahead and I will come slowly.”So The-Man went back. The monster came after him reaching from mountain to mountain. The people at Wikami were expecting him, so they cleared a space. He came travelling fast as a snake travels. He went to the wukeruk. First he put his head in. Then he began slowly pulling his length in after him. He coiled and coiled, but there was no end to his length. After he had been coiling a long time the people became afraid at his size. So they threw fire on top of the house and burned him. “When they put the fire on him he burst. All the learning inside of him came flying out. It was scattered all around. Each tribe got some one thing. 830

Iroquois Indians

Hiawatha was pacified. He returned to his lodge, where he was confined by the wounds he had received. But from his grandmother s skill in medicines he was soon recovered. She told him that his grandfather, who had come to the earth in search of her, had been killed by MEGISSOGWON,* who lived on the opposite side of the great lake. “When he was alive,” she continued, “ I was never without oil to put on my head, but now my hair is fast falling off for the want of it.”“Well!” said he, “Noko, get cedar bark and make me a line, whilst I make a canoe.” When all was ready, he went out to the middle of the lake to fish. He put his line down, saying, “Me-she-nah-ma-gwai(the name of the kingfish), take hold of my bait.” He kept repeating this for some time. At last the king of the fishes said, “Hiawatha troubles me. Here, Trout, take hold of his line.” The trout did so. He then commenced drawing up his line, which was very heavy, so that his canoe stood nearly perpendicular; but he kept crying out,” Wha-ee-he ! wha-ee-he !” till he could see the trout. As soon as he saw him, he spoke to him. “Why did you take hold of my hook ? Esa ! esa!*you ugly fish.” The trout, being thus rebuked, let go. Hiawatha put his line again in the water, saying,|” King of fishes, take hold of my line.” But the king of the fishes told a monstrous sunfish to take hold ofit; for Hiawatha was tiring him with his incessant calls. He again drew up his line with difficulty, saying as before,” Wha-ee-he ! wha-ee-he I” while his canoe was turning in swift circles. When he saw the sun fish, he cried,” Esa ! esa ! You odious fish! Why did you dirty my hook by taking it in your mouth? Let go, I say, let go.” The sunfish did so, and told the king of fishes what Hiawatha said. Just at that moment the bait came near the king, and hearing Hiawatha continually crying out,” Me-she nah-magwai, take hold of my hook,” at last he did so, and allowed himself to be drawn up to the surface, which he had no sooner reached than, at one mouthful, he took Hiawatha and his canoe down. When he came to himself, he found that he was in the fish’s belly, and also his canoe. He now turned his thoughts to the way of making his escape. Looking in his canoe, he saw his war-club, with which he immediately struck the heart of the fish. He then felt a sudden motion, as if he were moving with great velocity. The fish observed to the others,” I am sick at stomach for having swallowed this dirty fellow Hiawatha.” Just at this moment he received another severe blow on the heart. Hiawatha thought,” If I am thrown up in the middle of the lake, I shall be drowned; so I must prevent it.” He drew his canoe and placed it across the fish s throat, and just as he had finished the fish commenced vomiting, but to no effect. In this he was aided by a squirrel, who had accompanied him unperceived until that moment. This animal had taken an active part in helping him to place his canoe across the fish s throat. For this act he named him, saying,” For the future, boys shall always call you Ajidaumo.”*He then renewed his attack upon the fish s heart, and succeeded, by repeated blows, in killing him, which he first knew by the loss of motion, and by the sound of the beating of the body against the shore. He waited a day longer to see what would happen. He heard birds scratching on the body, and all at once the rays of light broke in. He could see the heads of gulls, who were looking in by the opening they had made. “Oh!” cried Hiawatha, “my younger brothers, make the opening larger, so that I can get out.” They told each other that their brother Hiawatha was inside of the fish. They immediately set about enlarging the orifice, and in a short time liberated him. After he got out he said to the gulls,” For the future you shall be called Kayoshk for your kindness to me.”839

Hino the Thunderer, whom the Iroquois deemed to be the guardian of the Heavens, armed with a mighty bow and flaming arrows, hater and destroyer of all things noxious, was especially revered for having slain the great Serpent of the waters, which was devouring mankind. He has many assistants, the lesser Thunderers, and among them the boy Gunnodoyah, who was once a mortal. Hino caught this youth up into his domain, armed him with a celestial bow, and sent him to encounter the great Serpent; but the Serpent devoured Gunnodoyah, who communicated his plight to Hino in a dream, whereupon the Thunderer and his warriors slew the Serpent and bore Gunnodoyah, still living, back to the Skies. 840

Scotland

In an egg there was an evil creature incubated by a malevolent spirit. When hatched it came to be known as the Mester Stoor Worm. The Stoor Worm lived in the depths of the sea. With his forked tongue alone he could sweep entire cities into the sea or destroy a large castle. His breath was poisonous to any living thing, and he would destroy ships sucking every creature alive into his gaping mouth. Now, a long time ago, the Stoor Worm set his awful head near the shore of an ancient country. The folk of that country had to feed the beast every Saturday at sunrise with virgin girls. A wizard told the people that if the King’s daughter were fed to the Worm, he would leave and trouble them no more. The Princess was the king’s only daughter and he loved her dearly. He was mightily grieved and so the people, seeing his tears, gave him time to find a hero to slay the Stoor Worm. The King declared that the man who could slay the Stoor Worm would be given the kingdom and the famous sword Sikkersnapper that he had inherited from Odin himself. Many valiant warriors attended the call but upon seeing the great beast all but twelve fled. These twelve brave men were not successful. An unlikely hero in the form of a common farm boy named Assipattle arrived on the last day of the people’s grace. Upon hearing of the King’s plea, Assipattle had slipped away from the farm and set out to sea in his little boat carrying only a bucket of smoldering peat from his hearth. As he approached the slumbering monster he could see its head as big as a mountain with eyes like dark round lochs. The creature began to yawn. Assipattle steered closer as the creature yawned a second time. With each yawn a vast tide of water was swept down into the Worm’s throat until finally, when he was close enough one of these waves swept Assipattle’s tiny little boat into the Stoor Worm’s maw. Assipattle and his boat were carried through a cavernous mouth, then down a long throat, through twisting passages and deep dark tunnels. Mile after mile he was whirled, with sea water gurgling all around him until at last the current lessened and the water level dropped. The boat grounded and Assipattle knew he only had a short time before the Stoor Worm yawned again so climbed from his boat and ran as he had never run before. Turning one corner after another he finally came across the creature’s liver. Pulling out his knife, Assipattle cut a hole in the liver and stuffed the smoldering peat into the wound. He blew and blew on the peat and finally it took light. With a crackle and a splutter the Worm’s monstrous liver began to burn and was soon blazing. Assipattle ran back to his boat and managed to clambering aboard just in time for the burning liver had made the Stoor Worm retch. A flood of water from its stomach picked up the little boat and set it hurtling back towards the Worm’s mouth. With a spray of water, Assipattle was spewed from the Stoor Worm’s mouth and hurtled back over the sea before landing safely on the shore. Once back on shore, Assipattle watched as the fire grew bigger. Black smoked billowed from the monster’s nostrils and in his agony his forked tongue shot and fell with such a crash that it made a deep rift on the earth. The Stoor Worm twisted and writhed in torment, flinging his head up into the sky. Every time it fell back to earth the whole world shook and groaned. With each fall, teeth dropped from the vile, foaming mouth. Then the creature coiled itself together tightly into a huge mass and died. Once the sky had cleared and the sun shone again, the King took Assipattle into his arms and called him his son. A week later, Assipattle and the Princess were married in the Royal Palace and never was there such a wedding and never shall there be such a one again for the people rejoiced that the Stoor Worm was finally gone.843

Bushmen of Southern Africa

Kaang the supreme god was swallowed by an ogre but was vomited up unharmed.844

Christian

Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But Jesus answered and said unto them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of that gaping fish; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, one greater than Jonah is here.”846

‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.847

Ancient Greece

Here is a piece of art by an artist named Douris, showing avariation of the story of Jason not found in the written versions.This shows a scene of Jason being vomited out after havingbeen swallowed by the dragon. This is evidence that therewere different versions of the story circulating in ancient times,not all of which were recorded in texts.Note the tree behind the serpent with thegolden fleece of a slain sheep on top of it.
Here is a piece of art by an artist named Douris, showing avariation of the story of Jason not found in the written versions.This shows a scene of Jason being vomited out after havingbeen swallowed by the dragon. This is evidence that therewere different versions of the story circulating in ancient times,not all of which were recorded in texts.Note the tree behind the serpent with thegolden fleece of a slain sheep on top of it.

843 Coleman. J.A. p. 963

844 Coleman. J. A. p. 551.

830 WATERMAN BERKELFY T. T. p. 339-341.

839 SCHOOLCRAFT. H. R. pp. 21-23

840 ALEXANDER. H. B. p. 24.

846 Mat 12:38 -41

847 Acts 2