Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

C12A. The flood and the dog.


dog warns of an impending global flood or fire, advises what to do.

Southeast USA. Natchez [the dog began to howl, the chickens are dancing; the dog warns the owner of the flood, tells him to make a raft and rope to tie the raft later; prepare a pole with a fork at the end to shove off predatory creatures that have been spewed by mountains; the raft has risen to the sky, the rest of the living creatures have drowned, they have been devoured by predatory creatures; there are trees in the sky and birds on them; when the flood is nearing its end, the dog tells throw him into the water, stay on the raft for 7 days until the ground dries; people come to the survivor for the fire - naked, in rags, in good clothes; he hears voices from the east, goes there, but there only insects and mosquitoes; an old man comes out, explains that these were the voices of the dead]: Swanton 1929, No. 1:214; chirokee [a man scolds his dog; she warns him of the flood, tells him to build a raft; the man and his family are the only ones who escaped]: Mooney 1900, No. 14:261.

NW Mexico. Cora (state) of Colima [fleeing from the impending flood, people follow the dog's trail to the mountain; the dog hits the drum, causing the waves to rise; people climb the mountain; most starve to death , the rest are human ancestors; the dog hides in a large lake, where it is visited by the souls of the dead on their way to their last abode]: Juan Suarez de Cepeda, 1581. Relaciones de los Indios Colimas de Nueva España in Winning 1974:43.

NW Amazon. Chikuna [the dog warns of a flood; invites the owner to go with him to Mount Immortals; when he refuses, he advises to make a boat]: Nimuendaju 1952:141.

Chaco. Only one house has sheltered a black dog; for this, the dog warns the owner of the house about the impending disaster. Toba: Wilbert, Simoneau 1982b, No. 26 [world fire], 27-28 [flood; dog advises making a boat], 29 [flood? (short version)]: 77-83; mocovi: Wilbert, Simoneau 1988, No. 67 [only one person sheltered a black dog; he became a man, warned of the flood, ordered to build a boat, stock up on food; rain flooded the ground in a flood; on the 16th day, a man sent a black vulture, which did not return, ate the corpses; sent a Dove, who brought a blade of grass; the Vulture was punished, now he eats carrion], 68 [only one family sheltered a dog, and that was God; God sent Vulture, who stayed to peck for the corpses; sent a Dove, who came back, talked about the Vulture; God told Vulture to fly for a long time now in search of food]: 94-96, 97-98.