Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2) eBook

Carl Sofus Lumholtz
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When Tara Dios went away, he said, “I will leave two crosses here.”  He then put up a cross where the sun sets at the end of the world, and another where the sun rises.  The cross in the east he uses when he rises to heaven and when he comes to visit the Tarahumares, and the cross in the west is for the Tarahumares when they die and go to heaven.  Between these two crosses the Tarahumares live.  They would like to go to the crosses and worship before them, but they are prevented from doing so by large bodies of water.  They therefore set up small crosses in front of their houses, and before them they hold their dances, and God comes to eat near these crosses.  He only eats the soul or substance of the food, and leaves the rest for the people.

The Giants, the Crow, and the Blackbird

The Crow, who is very knowing, told the following story to the Parrot, who told it to the pagans: 

The Blackbird and the Crow, long, long ago, saw a contest between two giants, who made a bet as to which of them could throw a stone farthest.  The stakes were four deer.  One giant, called Goli, carried a bird in his hand and threw it instead of the stone; so he won; then he returned to where the Blackbird and the Crow were standing.  The Blackbird said to the Crow, “They will not do us any harm until they stoop to pick up a stone.”  But the Crow replied, “Maybe they bring the stone in their hands.”  So they flew away, and while they were flying the Crow said, “I am going to the mountain to look for my wife and my son.  They went away and have been lost for six days.”

The Deer, the Toad, and the Crow

The Crow set out for the mountain, where the Deer and the Toad were making a bet.  “Let us try,” they said, “who can see the sun first in the morning.”  The stakes were twenty-five Gadflies, and they asked the Crow to be a witness to the contest.  In the morning they were ready to watch for the sun.  The Toad was looking westward from the highest mountain, but the Deer looked to the east.  The Toad said, “Look here, Brother Crow, I have already seen the sun starting,” and the Crow said to the Deer:  “Brother Deer, you have lost.  Give him the twenty-five Gadflies.”  The Deer asked one day’s time to catch the Gadflies, but the Toad thought he was not going to pay him, and said to the Deer, “Let us have a race, that you may settle your bet.”  The Deer readily consented to this, and a stone was put up as the goal.  The Toad went away to call many other toads, and placed them at intervals toward the goal, and when the Deer arrived at the stone the Toad was already sitting on it, and said, “Brother Deer, you have lost.”  And the Deer went away.

Then the Toad said to the Gadflies:  “Go and sting the Deer much, that he may have to run quickly.  If you will sting him much, I will never eat you.”  The Gadflies were vexed with the Deer, because he had put them up on a bet, therefore they were very willing to sting the Deer, and they have been stinging him ever since.

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