Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

I28A. Animals produce earthquakes .46.63.70.

Large animals that are hunted go underground and cause earthquakes.

Plains. Blackfooted [during a solar eclipse, hunters drive buffalo into a cave; the entrance collapses; the bison multiplies; when hunters chase them, the ground shudders]: Clark 1966:271.

Central Amazon. Munduruku [Karusakaibe sends his son to his sisters for meat; they don't let him; K. tells him to fill their house with feathers; fumigates him, screams, Eat your own food! they hear, Copulate! , turn into wild pigs, kills one at a time; Daira persuades son K. to show where the pigs are, lets everyone out; they chase K.'s son, kill him; K. covers them with a hill (origin earthquakes? cf. kayapo); the rest flee into the forest]: Murphy 1958, No. 1:72-73.

Eastern Brazil. Kayapo [a woman does not feed her children; a shaman burns her and her children into wild boars; locks her in a cave; kills two wild boars as needed; people force the shaman's son to show where the cave is; wild boars rush at people, trample and devour the boy; go to the underworld; when they run, the earth shudders]: Wilbert 1978, No. 32:109-110.