Hopi Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of the Hopi people

SOTUKNANG

Hopi Creator God

Creator God made by Taiowa

Left with the thankless task of creating the universe, he roped in Spider Woman Kokyangwuti and a couple of handy twins. They were all kept busy making the world, the sea, the stars and the air, while Taiowa sat on his lazy behind with his feet up.

Finally the world was complete, with beautiful forests, mountains, rivers and clouds. Kokyangwuti added the finishing touch: animals, fish, birds and people. A magnificent effort! What a shame that mankind behaved so badly. The whole world had to be destroyed.

Sotuknang’s team sighed and tried the whole thing again. Working a little less enthusiastically than before, they made mountains, rivers, plants, clouds, animals?

Finally mankind was placed on this not-quite-so-magnificent Earth. Guess what? Widespread disobedience again. There was nothing for it but a great flood and attempt number three.

Earth. Mountains. Sky. Plants. Animals. Mankind. Disobedience. Sotuknang was now a little miffed. No wonder Taiowa had passed the buck. He flooded the world and got ready to try all over again.

Finally, on the fourth attempt, mankind actually behaved themselves. Sighs of relief all round. But Sotuknang is keeping a very careful eye on us...

Sotuknang Facts and Figures

Name: Sotuknang
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Pueblo (Hopi)
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on November 03, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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