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Pemon Myths, Legends, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Pemon stories and legends that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American 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 Pemons, the traditional stories of
other Venezuelan tribes like the Carib and
Arawak tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Pemon story for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
The Sun, and father of the Pemon people.
Makunaima (also spelled Makunaimö):
Older son of Wei, a culture hero of the Pemon.
Chike (also spelled Chikö or Chika):
Younger son of Wei, a culture hero of the Pemon.
Kanaima (also spelled Canaima or Kanaime):
An evil spirit that possesses people and causes them to turn into deadly animals and/or go into a murderous rage. Assassins, or
people seeking revenge for a slain relative, sometimes invited the Canaima spirit into themselves by
taking certain drugs or conducting certain magic rituals.
The Legend of Makunaima:
Pemon myth about how the sun found a wife.
The Tree of Life:
Pemon legend about the origin of fruit.
The Great Flood and Creation of Roraima:
Pemon legend about the flooding of the earth.
Canaima: Pemon Spirit of Death:
Pemon legends about the malevolent Canaima spirits.
Book on the violent animistic traditions of Kanaima monsters among the Pemon and other Cariban tribes.
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