Iroquois Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of the Iroquois

ONATAH

Iroquois Corn/Maize Goddess

Also known as Onatha

Corn Goddess

Daughter of Eithinoha, who is Mother Earth.

Onatah is somewhat abduction prone. Snatched by spirits of the Underworld, she has to be rescued by the Sun so that crops can grow. No matter what precautions are taken, every winter denizens of the Underworld manage to kidnap her, and nothing grows any more.

It takes the Sun months to locate and rescue her, because he sleeps a lot in the winter and has to conserve and build up his heat to split the ground open in just the right place at the right time at the vital moment. There is no margin for error in the rescue operation. Offerings are always acceptable for this worthy cause.

Onatah Facts and Figures

Name: Onatah
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Onatha

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Iroquois aka Haudenosaunee
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Corn/Maize
Area of expertise: Corn, Maize

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1356

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Article last revised on October 23, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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