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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