Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

D1A. Mother in law is fire. 43.

A girl marries a man whose mother is fire.

Quinolt, Puget Sound, Cowlitz, Tillamook.

The coast is the Plateau. Quinolt [zap. Ronald E. Olson in 1926, not published before; Xwoni Xwoni made a fish trap, turned his crap into a man, left him guarded, told him to be called if chinook salmon came across; he called when trapped a driftwood swam; SHH killed him; in the same way he made a new watchman, who called when he caught salmon; SHSH kept the milk, they turned into two girls, he called them daughters; said he was dying, told leave the corpse on the platform, come later, their little brother will be there; the girls find this baby, bring it home, it grows rapidly; first the older sister, then the younger sister throw him on the floor at night, because he tries to have sex with them; they understand that it is SHH, they leave; they see people hitting fish with a spear; they call two young men who bring them to their house, take them as wives; brothers always throw one fish into the fire, they do not tell his wives to touch him; the sisters touch him; the fire is the brothers' mother, it turned out that the sisters poked her in the face with a stick, she died; the brothers said that they themselves are Harpoons; at night, the girls wake up, with not everyone husband, and harpoon; sisters go east, see a blind old woman rocking her daughter Fazaniha's baby; sisters replace the child with a piece of wood, run away; Phazanikha, carrying her mother, chases, abandons her mother, that turns into a lake waist-deep for girls; throws it again, but the old woman has little water left, she was Flood Lake; the baby grows up quickly, from the sisters' song he realizes that they kidnapped him, that his mother Pheasant, and father a log, sails downstream in a boat; all the girls in the village want him so much that they urinate; he is as bright as the sun; Blue Jay pointed to the ugly Frog Girl, who combed her hair decorated herself, came with a bucket and a box of possessions; she did not wet herself, and Blue Jay did it as if the Frog had wet himself; the young man took the Frog into his boat, swam further down; a young man stands on the shore swallowing lizards and everything that swims; says that his brother was stolen by the SHH girls; the brothers recognize each other; the frog took him by the leg, shook lizards and other rubbish out of him; the elder brother became the Sun, it's too hot, everything is burning; then it became the Month, married the Frog, she can be seen on the moon with her box and bucket; the youngest (coming from a piece of wood in the cradle) became the Sun]: Thompson, Egesdal 2008:202-209; Puget Sound [Fire goes out; Beaver steals fire from its owners]: Ballard 1929:51 [Old Flame son-in-law Otter and Beaver; Beaver brings branches to his wife and she needs fish; Otter brings fish to her mother-in-law and she needs branches; the fire goes out], 52-53 [Fire is the mother of the Otter; his wife violates the ban on moving the fire with a poker; it goes out]; colitz [the parents of the young Spear died, raised him sister; he goes fishing but brings nothing; someone shouts to his sister that the Spear is fishing and swallowing it raw; the sister leaves, comes to a house, bakes roots, moves the coals with the poker; the man says that Fire is his mother, she will fulfill every wish; marries a girl; her mother-in-law takes on a human form; brother comes to his sister; her husband gives him a bag, tells him not to open it on the road, to walk middle the path; it goes on the left, on the right (frogs, snails, beetles on one; angry bears, deer, birds on the other), comes back, goes down the middle; opens the bag; whales, sharks, and other marine fish jump out, they swim into the sea; only salmon remain in the Cowlitz River]: Adamson 1934, No. 34:227-230; tillamook [a girl marries a man whose mother is Fire; the twigs thrown into the hearth turn into a basket cane in a mat]: Jacobs, Jacobs 1959, No. 27:93-95.