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Native American Legends: Menily (Menil)
Tribal affiliation: Cahuilla
Alternate spellings: Menil, Man-el, Menilly
Type: Native American goddess,
Menily is the Cahuilla goddess of the moon, who taught the people the
arts of civilization before being driven away by
She is often called the Moon Maiden in English.
Cahuilla Creation Myth:
The story of Man-El the moon maiden and the creation and education of humans.
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The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California:
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Book of oral history and traditional stories told by five Cahuilla elders.
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