The Corn Women Selu Essay

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The Corn Women – Selu There are billions of legends recorded from the heart and souls of the Native American people. Some are told as they have been for thousands of years while others are still being created, refitted and reshaped today. The myths and stories of many Native Americans arise from animals, plants, medicine, the elements, music and much more. One tribe, the Cherokee, a Native North American people who once lived in the southeastern United States, has an endless amount of lore. I believe one of the most significant tales in Cherokee myths is about “the corn women”; her story created a basis of purpose for the Cherokee women and indirectly taught the men their roles (Krupat 2005). Often called Selu, she is a part of many…show more content…
Together they are called the thunder twins. Twice their mischievousness goes too far (Edmonds, 1989). Good Boy and Wild Boy’s curiosity lead them to follow Kanati into the swamp where he hunts. When they see him let out an animal and hunt it, they want to do the same. In doing so they let all the trapped animals out and cause Kanati to get angry. He tells them that when they want to eat from now on they must hunt the free animals themselves. After this their mischief ultimately causes them to follow Selu when she goes to acquire corn and other food. They see her create the food out of her own body and think she is a witch. The two sons kill Selu. This pushes Kanati away to a different tribe after he returns from a hunt and cannot find her. Even though they were going to kill her, Selu loved them with all her heart. She told them how to use her body and her blood to grow food for themselves after she was gone. Her love flowed through her body into the ground and grew corn for the two boys (Edmonds, 1989). Her sons took her life, but she forgave them. Now her spirit roams and helps travelers, hunters and mothers on their troubled way. Often this goddess has been interpreted as how women should behave and to follow as a role model. She was an agriculturist, bearer of life and a leader. In her image women of the Cherokee tribe acted just like Selu. They taught the children how to live and what to believe in. The entire tribe’s morals and ethics

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