Onatha Iroquois Goddess Of The Harvest  

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"ONATHA" is the Iroquois Goddess of the harvest. As corn or 'maize' was a common staple in the indigenous North American's diet, this deity was generally referred to as a 'corn goddess'. HER MOTHER IS THE EARTH GODDESS, "EITHINOHA". ONATHA'S TALE IS REMARKABLY SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE GREEK GODDESS, PERSEPHONE. FOR EXAMPLE, BOTH ARE AGRICULTURAL DEITIES AS WELL AS THE DAUGHTERS OF A PRIMARY MOTHER GODDESS. IN ADDITION, BOTH WERE ABDUCTED BY THE UNDERWORLD GOD.

THE IROQUOIS LEGEND TELLS US THAT ONE DAY WHEN "ONATHA" WAS OUT GATHERING DEW, SHE WAS ABDUCTED BY EVIL SPIRITS WHO CARRIED HER OFF INTO THE UNDERWORLD. "EITHINOHA" PLEADED WITH THE SUN FOR HELP IN FINDING HER MISSING DAUGHTER, AND, FOR WEEKS ON END, THE SUN RADIATED WARMTH UPON THE LAND, PRODUCING A HEAT WAVE TO RESCUE HER; HENCE, THE DRYING OUT THE SOIL ALLOWED "ONATHA" TO RISE FROM THE EARTH LIKE CORN. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEMONS COME BACK FOR HER EVERY YEAR WHEN THE SUN TURNS HIS BACK, AND HE MUST SEARCH FOR HER AGAIN EVERY SPRING.

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