Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

A13B. Ants darken the sun .52.62.67.

During an eclipse or when night first appears, ants darken the sun.

Mesoamerica During the eclipse. Maya Yucatana [sun, moon: ants]: Olavarria 1994 [also the moon eats the sun]: 5; Redfield 1950:117; Redfield, Villa 1934:206 [ants, ant king; jaguar]; Sanchez de Aguilar 1921 [1639]: 204; Villa 1945:156; 1952:469; Tocholabal: Ruz 1982 [An angry Moon causes eclipses, and ants attacking it cause eclipses]: 52; 1983 [during an eclipse, the Sun tries copulate with the Moon; she is angry, she can kill the Sun, and then ants will eat it]: 421.

NW Amazon. People open the vessel; insects crawl out of it, overshadowing daylight. Desana [ants]: Reichel-Dolmatoff 1968:19; 1971:26; baniva (Isana River) [small black insects]: Brüzzi 1994:64

Bolivia - Guaporé. Takana [ants cause small ones, palomet fish cause large solar eclipses]: Nordenskiöld 1924 (kavigna): 285