Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

G4. Mountain of Plenty. 22.52.59.

Cultivated plants are found on the mountain or inside the mountain.

Burma - Indochina. Wa: Obayashi 1964a [among those recorded by the author is a story about the origin of rice; a bird or ant finds rice inside the mountain and brings it to people; rice was brought to mankind from a mountain either by a bird or an ant]: 205; 1962b [(translated from Japanese by A.M. Sokolov). In ancient times, lava did not have rice. However, lava knew that rice was in the rock on the mountain. The mountain was too high and the entrance to the rock was too small. Then the lava agreed with the nok-pee bird that it would bring rice. The bird caught rice hidden in stone and brought it lava. Lava began to grow rice. Pa-Pä also has a legend that rice came from thin air but did not come from the sky. Details not known]: 117.

Mesoamerica See G3 motif. Aztecs; Huasteca Nahuatl; Puebla Nahuat; Totonacs; Tequistlatecs [there was no corn; people saw an ant (hormiga-arriera) dragging a corn seed, went after they came to the cave where the cobs are stacked; its owner is Crow; every 20 days he doesn't know where the cob came from; people love Crow because it made them learn about corn]: Carrasco 1960:110; juice [the ant found a small hole in the mountain and took out corn from there; the first ancestors (los viejitos) began to find out where the corn came from, pulled the ant's waist until it climbed, the waist became narrow; they tried to blow up the mountain with dynamite - failed; then it was broken by Thunder, they got corn]: Baez-Jorge 1983:392-393; tseltal; ishili; toholabal; pokomchi; kekchi; kekchi, mopan; mom; kakchikeli; pipili; mom [grew up on the slopes]: Oakes 1951:244.

Guiana. Hishkaryana [zap. 1961; cassava was on an inaccessible top of a rocky island; bananas, yams, sweet potatoes and other cultural plants were also there; the squirrel cut off the vine that held them (informant corrected himself: no, the Squirrel got scared, cut off the Hummingbird); people planted plants]: Derbyshire 1965:15; aparai [Kwaikyo asks to kill him in the forest, come after a while; Kuzhuli He finds high cliffs, cassava, bananas, peppers and other cultivated plants at its foot; first he tastes them raw; the spirit of the victim teaches him agriculture]: Rauschert 1967, No. 6:182-183.