Siberian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Siberia

ULGAN

Siberian Creator God

Also known as Yryn-al-tojon

Sky God and Earthly building contractor

He created the Earth by dropping a huge round slab of land upon the back of three giant fish who happened to be splishing around in the Primordial Ocean.

As you might expect, the fish were not entirely comfortable with this arrangement. They squirmed, they bucked, they wriggled, they jumped. And the Earth on their backs did likewise.

Finally Ulgan tied them to the ocean floor and the poor fish started to calm down. But the damage was done – their violent motions had caused earthquakes and split the Earth into pieces.

Yes, you guessed it. Each of those pieces is now a continent or island.

That’s not all. After this disastrous start, Ulgan spotted a stray bit of debris floating in the water. Oddly, it began speaking to him.

“Hey man,” it said, “what kind of creator deity you are, huh? Look at the state of this world – it’s all broken up. And your nice clean ocean is full of dirt. Don’t think for a second I’m gonna stay down here in this filthy water. Put me on dry land right now.”

And Ulgan was so surprised and embarrassed that he plucked the little complaining speck out of the water and dropped it on the dry land. Where it became Erlik, the first being. Ulgan was delighted to find he had done something useful for a change, but to be honest it wasn’t that great – Erlik was quite a troublemaker.

Ulgan Facts and Figures

Name: Ulgan
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Yryn-al-tojon

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Siberia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 235

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Article last revised on May 25, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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