Native American Mythology

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IYATIKU

Keresan Underworld Goddess

Also known as Naiya Iyatiku

Corn Goddess of the Underworld

Everything has to be ship-shape in Iyatiku’s underground domain. She runs it very much on the principle of a big city metro system, but without the buskers and not quite so many delays.

Life is like an underground train line. There is an exit, where babies emerge screaming through the ticket barrier. Your lifetime is spent wandering around the confusing capital, shopping for goodies, trying to find a decent cup of coffee and dodging taxis. When you die you descend back into the underground station... to emerge at some later date very small and helpless as a baby again.

What it’s like inside is not known, but it must be crowded, badly-lit, confused and smelly, with conveyor belts, tracks and warning lights. Visit the London Underground to get a taste.

Iyatiku Facts and Figures

Name: Iyatiku
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Naiya Iyatiku

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Keres people of Keres Pueblo in New Mexico
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1042

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Article last revised on April 30, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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