Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

A11D. The Eye of the Month and the lunar phases. (.35.52.68.)


month opens and then closes its eyes (moon phases).

Western Siberia. The Northern Selkups [when Irat has been damaged for a month, it means he closed his eyes, something has fallen into his eye]: Golovnev 1995:330.

Mesoamerica Otomi [The month opens and then closes its eyes (moon phases)]: Galinier 1990:540.

Southern Amazon. Bororo [Maereboe's heavenly spirits help the Month open and close its eyes; lunar eclipses mean spirits are angry]: Colbacchini 1926:81.