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Legendary Native American Figures: Iriria
Tribal affiliation: Bribri
Also known as: Tapir's Daughter
Type: Earth goddess, tapir,
Iriria is the Bribri earth goddess. Originally Iriria was the daughter of the Tapir (Namaitmi),
who was the sister of the culture hero Sibu.
However, Sibú sacrificed his niece to transform her into the earth. Because of this,
both Iriria and tapirs were venerated by the Bribris.
Bribri Creation Myth:
Bribri legend about Iriria becoming the earth.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Notes on the Bribri of Costa Rica:
Classic anthropology text on the Bribri culture and traditions.
Costa Rica tribe
Chibchan language family
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