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Native Languages of the Americas:
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.

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Important Pemon Mythological Figures

Wei: 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.

Pemon Indian Folklore

*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.

Recommended Books on Pemon Mythology

Dark Shamans:
    Book on the violent animistic traditions of Kanaima monsters among the Pemon and other Cariban tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Pemon religion and expressive traditions
 Books of American Indian legends
 Native American religions
 Venezuela Indians
 Amazon tribes
 Carib language family
 American Indians people

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