Native American mythology

BLACK GOD

Navajo Star God

Navajo Space God of night sky nothingness

In the beginning he was mostly a shapeless mass of black space. But despite the lack of body, he did own a belt. (He must have worn it somewhere. A waist of space?)

Anyway, from this belt dangled a pouch containing shiny twinkling crystals. In an effort to define himself, he took to sticking them all over his body — join-the-dots fashion.

And there he is to this day, his outline picked out in all the most important stars. If you know where to look.

The dog star Sirius was an afterthought, put there by the meddling COYOTE in a fit of cosmological hindrance. The BLACK GOD wouldn’t let him touch the pouch but COYOTE snatched it anyway. He tasted the crystals inside, didn’t like the flavor and spat them into the face of the Black God, who snatched the pouch back.

But there was nothing left but dust, which he shook out, forming the Milky Way.

Black God Facts and Figures

Name: Black God
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: None known

Gender: Male
Type: deity
Area or people: Navajo (aka Diné) people
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Stars
Area of expertise: Star, Stars

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 20821

Article last updated on 30 November 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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