Raven Kootkha Picture

Kutkh (also Kutkha, Kootkha, Kutq and variants, Russian: Кутх), is a Raven spirit traditionally revered in various forms by various indigenous peoples of the Russian Far East. Kutkh appears in many legends: as a key figure in creation, as a fertile ancestor of mankind, as a mighty shaman and as a trickster. He is a popular subject of the animist stories of the Chukchi people and plays a central role in the mythology of the Koryaks and Itelmens of Kamchatka. Many of the stories regarding Kutkh are similar to those of the Raven among the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, indicating a long history of indirect cultural contact between Asian and North American peoples.

One myth tells us, as if before the sun, moon and stars were in the balls in the home, women of the spirit. So the world was dark and cold. But Raven has decided to release the lights, but could not get into the tent a woman. Then he decided to turn into a needle and fell into the water. A female spirit dipped a bucket of water and caught a crow. Arriving home, she drank the water, along with needles, and pregnant, and some time later gave birth to Raven. Newborn Raven asked the balls - to play, and got them broke the beak and let the shell star. Thus the world has acquired the kind to which we are accustomed to...


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