Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

H32C. Lost Abundance: Resentful Spouse (.59.)

The woman's husband is inhuman in nature and possesses magical knowledge and values. He is hurt, he leaves, and his knowledge and abilities can no longer be used by people.

Guiana. Wapishana [there was no fire or clothes, people were freezing; the girl sleeps in the woods; the Maam bird (Tinamotis elegans) owns the fire, warms her; she brings Maam home as her husband; her father asks her son-in-law and daughter why does the daughter collect firewood; they do not answer, father-in-law is angry, Maam returns to the forest, takes her fire with her; phosphorescent mushrooms are called maam fire]: Farabee 1918:113-114;