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Native American Legends: Amalivaca
Tribal affiliation: Carib
Alternate spellings: Amalivaaca
Type: Culture hero
Related figures in other tribes: Sigu (Akawaio), Kururumany (Arawak)
Amalivaca is a benevolent transformer-type demigod from the mythology of the Tamanac and other Cariban tribes.
Amalivaca shapes the world for the Caribs and teaches them
how to live. In some Carib traditions he is known as Sigu or Sigoo and considered to be the
son of the high god Tamosi;
in others, he has a twin brother named Vochi
who helps him in his work.
The First People:
Carib legends about Tamosi Kabo-tano, Amalivaca, and the beginning of civilization.
Amalivaca and Vochi:
Guyanese Carib legend about the twin gods creating the Orinoco River.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture:
An interesting compilation of traditional Arawak, Carib, and Guarani stories.
Guyana Legends: Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians:
Good collection of Cariban and Arawakan mythology from Guyana.
A Carib Grammar and Dictionary
Carib pronunciation guide
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