Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

J12H. Opossum. (.

A false fiance is a possum. See motive J12.

Llanos. Sicuani.

Southern Venezuela. Yanomam; sanema; yanomami.

Guiana. Oyana.

NW Amazon. Desana; tucano; barasana; bar.

Central Amazon. Tupi.

Eastern Amazon. Spiking; juruna; tenetehara; urubu; tupinamba.

Araguaia. Tapirape [ancestor (name not specified) goes east, leaving his pregnant wife; she gives birth to a son Mukvur (opossum), goes with him in search of her husband; the evil M. leads her down the wrong path, one night she copulates with her, she conceives the Tomatochiri and Mukvura-ura (Son of the Possum) twins, gets to the eyeless water spirits of Anchunga-ayuma; they dance around a boiling pot and a woman is pushed into it; before that, she gives birth to twins who grow up overnight; twins kill anchunga-ayuma; a huge bird Jacques sends them to their father (in Really "grandfather", but called "father"); he gives T. a bow and arrow for tapirape, and M. gives guns for Brazilians]: Wagley 1977:179-180.