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Native American Legends: Sint-Holo
Tribal affiliation: Chickasaw,
Alternate spellings: Sint Holo, Sintholo
Also known as: Sinti Lapitta
Type: Horned serpent,
Related figures in other tribes: Uktena (Cherokee),
Big Water Snake (Blackfoot),
Great Serpent (Ojibwe),
Sint-Holo is the great horned serpent of Choctaw and Chickasaw folklore. Although the great serpent is
dangerous and may drag people to a watery death, it is also a powerful spirit guide that appears to certain
people during fasting and bestows spiritual gifts upon them. As with other horned serpents of east coast
tribes, Sint-Holo is the avowed enemy of the
Thunder spirits, who can defeat him
with their thunderbolts.
The Horned Serpent Story:
A Chickasaw woman tells her family's stories about Sintholo the Horned Serpent.
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