Early people from Mozambique claimed the Earth
is a living creature. The Earth has the same kinds of problems people
have. Sometimes, it gets sick with fever and chills and we can feel its
a Chickasaw chief (American Indian) was in love with a Choctaw
princess. He was young and handsome, but he had a twisted foot, so his
people called him Reelfoot. When the princess' father refused to give
Reelfoot his daughter's hand, the chief and his friends kidnapped her
and began to celebrate their marriage. The Great Spirit was angry and
stomped his foot. The shock caused the Mississippi River to overflow its
banks and drown the entire wedding party.
The god Loki from Scandinavia is being
punished for the murder of his brother, Baldur. He is tied to a rock in
an underground cave. Above his face is a serpent dripping poison, which
Loki's sister catches in a bowl. From time to time, she has to go away
to empty the bowl. Then the poison falls on Loki's face. He twists and
wiggles to avoid it, and the ground shakes up above him.