Goddess Awenhai  

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"AWENHA'I "IS A NORTH AMERICAN SENECA INDIAN GODDESS, THEIR GREAT EARTH MOTHER; IT IS FROM HER THAT THE TOBACCO SPROUTED ON THE EARTH. ACCORDING TO NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN LORE, THE TOBACCO PLANT ONCE GREW IN THE CENTER OF HEAVEN WHERE THE GREAT CHIEF AND HIS PEOPLE LIVED OFF OF ITS LEAVES. ONE NIGHT, THE GREAT CHIEF HAD A DREAM ABOUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL; SHE LIVED IN HEAVEN, AND HER NAME WAS AWENHA'I. HE BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR HER, AND EVENTUALLY, HE FOUND HER AND MARRIED HER AND BROUGHT HER TO HIS LODGE...BUT IT WAS SOON THEREAFTER THAT HE DISCOVERED THAT HIS LOVELY BRIDE WAS ALREADY PREGNANT. THIS TROUBLED HIM DEEPLY. SO IT IS SAID THAT ON THAT NIGHT, HE CALLED FOR THE "ANCIENT ONE" WHO CAME TO HIM IN HIS DREAM AND TOLD HIM THAT HE UPROOTED THE TOBACCO PLANT AS PENANCE FOR HIS WIFE'S ILLICIT CONDUCT, HIS TROUBLED SPIRIT WOULD BE GREATLY RELIEVED.

SO, THE CHIEF DID AS TOLD, BUT, WHEN THE CHIEF UPROOTED THE PLANT IT INSTEAD LED TO A GREAT TURMOIL IN THE HEAVENS. THE CHIEF, ANGRY AT HIMSELF NOW BECAUSE HE LOST HIS TOBACCO, HURLED AWENHA'I INTO THE HOLE IN THE HEAVENS WHICH HAD BEEN CREATED WHEN HE UPROOTED THE PLANT. AND, AS SHE FELL TOWARDS THE EARTH, SHE REACHED OUT AND GRABBED SOME LEAVES FROM THE PLANT THAT WERE STILL GROWING...ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER SORTS OF SEEDS.

IT WAS ONLY A SHORT TIME AFTER SHE LANDED ON EARTH THAT AWENHA'I GAVE BIRTH TO A DAUGHTER...WHO, ALSO QUITE MYSTERIOUSLY...BECAME PREGNANT WITH TWO SONS. THE OLDER SON WAS CALLED 'A GOOD MIND' AND MADE HER VERY, VERY HAPPY; UNFORTUNATELY, THE YOUNGER SON CAUSED HER TO DIE IN CHILDBIRTH. IT WAS AWENHA'I WHO MADE THE BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR HER DAUGHTER. SHE ASKED HER GRANDSON TO HELP, AND AS THEY BURIED HER DAUGHTER, SHE SPRINKLED THE SEEDS AND THE TOBACCO LEAVES IN THE GROUND.

IT IS SAID THAT A GOOD MIND STAYED BY HIS MOTHER'S GRAVE AND WATERED IT EVERY DAY, UNTIL ONE DAY HE NOTICED SOME STRANGE BUDS APPEARED FROM OUT OF THE GROUND. POTATOES GREW OVER HER FEET, SQUASH OVER HER HANDS, AND CORN GREW OVER HER BREASTS. BEANS GREW OVER HER FINGERS AND TOBACCO WAS GROWING OVER HER HEAD.. A GOOD MIND, VERY EXCITEDLY CALLED FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER TO COME AND SEE...AND WHEN AWENHA'I SAW THE PLANTS, SHE TAUGHT SMILED AND TAUGHT HIM HOW TO CARE FOR THEM AND HOW TO SMOKE THE LEAVES OF THE TOBACCO. AND, THE HEAVENLY ONES WERE VERY PLEASED THAT THEY WERE ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO ENJOY ITS SMOKE.

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