Native American Tales

Children of the Sun

Children of the SunChildren of the Sun

Osage

Some of the Osage once lived in the sky and desired to know where they came from. They asked the sun and he told them that he was their father. They asked the moon and she told them that she had birthed them and that they had to go live on Earth now.

There were problems right away, mainly that Earth was covered in water and no one knew what to do. They cried out, but it seemed that no one heard them. The elk, whom everyone respected went down and called the winds. The winds swept over the water and cleared some dry land. The elk rolled all over the land and his hairs planted themselves and became plants.

Observations

So we’re children of celestial bodies now, why not? If you think about it, there would be no life on Earth without the sun, so we do owe our existence to the sun.

Themes

It’s another creation story. The people once again came from the heavens. They had to go live on Earth away from their father and mother, again, much like some Christian theologies. Some religions place a high importance on the sun and the moon and the stars, which apparently the Osage did as well. I’ve mentioned it before, but some religions use the three sets of heavenly bodies to represent three degrees of glory. The glory of the sun, the glory of the moon, and the glory of the stars. The sun is the greatest, of course, then the moon, and then the stars. This hierarchy isn’t present in just theology, it’s present in stories the world over, which is highly interesting. As a people, we admire our heavenly bodies quite a bit.

Overall

So when you’re eating a vegetable, you’re actually eating something that came from an Elk. What does PETA have to say about this?

Weigh In

Are the sun and moon personally important to you?

Do you think it was mean of the moon to make the people leave the sky?

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