South American Mythology

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MAKUNAIMA

Akawaio Creator God

Also known as Macunaima, Makonaima

Creator God

He made the world and created a huge multi-purpose tree to provide food for all.

Sadly, someone had the bright idea of chopping it down so the goodies could be distributed more easily. But for some reason the tree stump was full of water — complete with merrily swimming fish.

This would have been very pleasant except the water was trickling out. Soon it grew to a torrent and threatened to cover the entire Earth.

It was left to Sigu, the son of Makunaima, to save the world, rescue the animals, preserve ecological diversity, etc etc.

Note: Varying legends claim Makunaima was not a God but a mortal hero who performed a similar role as Sigu. Like father, like son?

Makunaima Facts and Figures

Name: Makunaima
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Macunaima, Makonaima

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Akawaio (Acawai) people of Orinoco river.
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 729

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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