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Bribri Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories

This is our index of Bribri stories and folktales that can be read online. We have organized our American Indian legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Bribris, the traditional stories of other Isthmic tribes like the Miskito and Cabecar tribes are very similar.

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Important Bribri Mythological Figures

Sibú: The culture hero of the Bribri tribe. Sibú is a benign demigod who creates the earth, adapts it for human use, and teaches the Bribris the arts of civilization.

: A race of malevolent devils or demons who seek to destroy humankind, but are bested by Sibú and by the Bribri heroes of legends.

Iriria: The Earth. Originally she was the daughter of the Tapir (Namaitmi), who was Sibú's sister. However, Sibú sacrificed her to transform her into the earth. Because of this, both Iriria and tapirs were venerated by the Bribris.

Kudo: The Bribri god of the dead.

Bribri Indian Folklore

*Bribri Creation Myth:
    Bribri legend about the sacred tapir and the creation of the earth.

Recommended Books on the Bribris

Notes on the Bribri of Costa Rica:
    Classic ethnography of the Bribri culture and traditions.
Bribris y cabécares: Sistemas de transmisión cultural en Costa Rica:
    Anthropology book about the Bribri and Cabecar tribes in Spanish.
The Languages of the Andes:
    Linguistic information about Bribri and dozens of other Central and South American languages.

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Additional Resources

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 Costa Rican Indians
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