Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

G14. When swallowed, it brings plants. 50.52.53.

A person swallowed by a water monster is taken by them to the underwater or overseas world, receives plants, and returns to people.

The Great Southwest. Navajo [The Farmer Deer sees corn in the lake; throws a rainbow bridge across the lake, walks over it to get corn; the bridge falls; the hero is swallowed by the Big Fish, takes him to The Pisces People world; it gets corn, learns the rituals performed during sowing and harvesting]: Wyman 1970:36.

Mesoamerica Tequistlateca [sea crocodile swallows humans, burps on thunder island; peppers, beans, pumpkins are thunder excrement; humans bring these plants to the ground]: Carrasco 1960:107; (cf. mountain guards [an unfit person is expelled from home, he is about to commit suicide; he sees a snake from the bridge, with two horns on its head, white and yellow; it takes him to the sea to the island of snakes; her parents give him a ring of happiness; the person comes back, lives well]: Foster 1945a, No. 28:216).

Honduras-Panama. Pech [when swimming across the river, a person is swallowed by a rainbow snake; waits a long time for it to swim to the island in the sea; cuts his belly with a knife; receives corn from the girls who embody this plant (corn - their excrement); returns home on a crocodile]: Flores 1989:36-44; Flores, Griffin 1991:51-54.