Corn Mother

April 3rd, 2008 by sabrina

Corn Mother is the Native American Goddess of renewal, motherhood, and you guessed it, corn. She was the first mother of the people on earth, and they were great hunters. Unfortunately, they hunted so much that the animals were almost all killed off, and there was no meat left to eat. The children came to Corn Mother and asked her for food, but she had none to give. Corn Mother then said to her husband, “you must kill me and have our sons drag my body on a cleared patch of earth until there is no flesh left on my bones. Then bury my bones in the center of the patch. Leave this place for seven moons, and when you return there will be food enough for all.”

Corn Mother’s husband did as she had asked, and her sons dragged her body until there was no flesh left. They buried the bones in the center of the clearing, and then went away in grief. Seven months later, they returned to find tall plants with tassels of silken hair such as Corn Mother had. These plants were what had become of Corn Mother’s flesh—it had turned to corn for the people to eat. At the center of the clearing where her bones were buried, there was a plant with broad leaves. This plant was tobacco, which the people used in ceremonies to celebrate the bounty that Corn Mother gave them.

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