Yolkai Estsan Earth Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"YOLKAI ESTSAN" IS THE EARTH GODDESS OF THE NAVAJO WHO IS ASSOCIATED WITH SEASONS AND THE LAND; SHE IS THE SISTER OF THE TURQUOISE-SKY GODDESS "ESTANATLEHI", THE NAVAJO MOON GODDESS. CALLED "WHITE SHELL WOMAN BECAUSE SHE WAS MADE FROM ABALONE, "YOLKAI ESTSAN "RULED THE DAWN AND THE OCEAN; SHE WAS ALSO CREATOR OF FIRE AND MAIZE. SHE CREATED THE FIRST PEOPLE MAKING THE FIRST MAN FROM WHITE CORN AND THE FIRST WOMAN FROM YELLOW CORN. SHE HERSELF WAS BORN IN A CRADLE OF RAINBOWS AT DAWN. JUST BEFORE A GREAT FLOOD WASHED HER AWAY TO THE WHITE SANDS OF THE DESERT, THE GREAT SPIRIT ORDERED HER TO ENTER AN ABALONE SHELL. WHEN THE WATERS SUBSIDED, SHE CREATED FIRE, RULING OVER THE DAWN AND THE SEA.

ACCORDING TO LEGEND, WHEN HER SISTER, "ETSANETLEHI", WENT TO LIVE IN THE WESTERN OCEAN, AND THE DIVINE BROTHERS, THE WAR GODS, WENT TO "THOYETLI" IN THE SAN JUAN VALLEY TO DWELL, "YOLKAI ESTSAN", THE "WHITE-SHELL WOMAN," WENT ALONE INTO THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, AND THERE SHE WANDERED AROUND SADLY FOR FOUR DAYS AND FOUR NIGHTS, CONSTANTLY MOURNING HOW LONELY SHE WAS AND THINKING ABOUT HOW SHE MIGHT CREATE PEOPLE TO KEEP HER COMPANY. ON THE MORNING OF THE FIFTH DAY THE GOD, "QUSTECYALCI, " CAME TO SEE HER ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER GODS. THEN, AFTER MANY CEREMONIES, CREATED A HUMAN PAIR OUT OF TWO EARS OF CORN. THE WIND GOD GAVE TO THESE THE BREATH OF LIFE, THE GOD OF THE WHITE CRYSTAL GAVE THEM THEIR MINDS, THE GRASSHOPPERS GAVE THEM THEIR VOICES.

When this had been accomplished, the brothers returned to the mountain which is their home, and whither warriors go to pray for success in war. Then the Sun-God, after creating the animals which inhabit the earth, departed for the far West where he had made a lodge, beyond the waters, for "Estsanatlehi", who became his wife and the great goddess of the west, the source of the life-bringing rains. Every day, as he journeys toward the west, the "Sun-Carrier "sings:

In my thoughts I approach,
The Sun-God approaches,
Earth's end he approaches,
Estsanatlehi's hearth approaches,
In old age walking the beautiful trail.
In my thoughts I approach,
The Moon-God approaches,
Earth's end he approaches,
Yolkai Estsan's hearth approaches,
In old age walking the beautiful trail.

FOR, AS THE LEGEND GOES, "YOLKAI ESTSAN", TOO, BECAME THE BRIDE OF A GOD, BUT BEFORE SHE DEPARTED FOR THE DIVINE LODGE, SHE REMAINED FOR SOME TIME SOLITARY. IT WAS THEN, IN THE DAYS OF HER LONELINESS, THAT " HASTSHEYALTI" CAME TO HER, AND IT WAS DECIDED THAT A NEW RACE OF MEN SHOULD BE CREATED. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ALL THE GODS A MAN WAS FORMED FROM A WHITE, AND A WOMAN FROM A YELLOW, EAR OF MAIZE. "NILTSHI" GAVE THEM THE BREATH OF LIFE; THE "ROCK-CRYSTAL BOY "GAVE THEM MIND; THE "GRASSHOPPER GIRL "GAVE THEM VOICES. Y"OLKAI ESTSAN "GAVE THEM FIRE AND MAIZE, AND MARRIED THE MAN TO "GROUND-HEAT GIRL" AND THE WOMAN TO "MIRAGE BOY", AND FROM THESE TWO COUPLES IS DESCENDED THE FIRST GENS OF THE NAVAHO TRIBE THE "HOUSE OF THE DARK CLIFFS", SO NAMED BECAUSE THE GODS WHO CREATED THE FIRST PAIR CAME FROM THE CLIFF HOUSES.

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