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The Spring 2011 issue of The Earth Scientist is focused on modernizing seismology education. Thanks to IRIS, you can download this issue for free as a pdf. Print copies are available in our online store.

Iae

Iae is the Moon god for the Mamaiurans, an Amazon tribe that lives in Brazil. According to a Mamaiuran legend, at the beginning of time there were so many birds in the sky that their wings prevented daylight from being seen. It was always night and the people lived in fear of attack from wild animals.

Tired of the darkness, two heroes, Iae and his brother Kuat, decided to force the king of the birds, Urubutsin, to share some of the daylight with the people of the Amazon. The two brothers hid inside a dead animal and waited for the birds to approach. As soon as Urubutsin landed, Kuat grabbed his leg. Unable to get away, Urubutsin was forced to make an agreement with the two brothers. The birds would share daylight with the Mamaiurans, and day would alternate with night. Since then, Kuat represented the Sun and Iae the Moon.

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