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In the mythology of the peoples of South and Central America the jaguar holds among the most prominent places of any animal. Jaguar cults were part of the Maya and other Central American civilizations. These were ruled by Jaguar priests who dictated many aspects of people's lives. An Indian myth tells that the jaguar painted spots on its coat by daubing mud on its body with its paws. Look at the markings closely and you will see that they do look like paw prints. Local myths hold that black jaguars are bigger and more ferocious than the spotted ones, but there is no proof for this. Among the Yanomamo Indians of northwest Brazil tell of Curare Woman and Jaguar who gave rise to the first people. Here is the story told in the words of Daramasiwa, a Yanomamo storyteller.

Long ago, Curare Woman tasted bitter, so Jaguar did not eat her. Curare woman hid her pregnant daughter in the roof above Jaguar's hammock, and sent Jaguar far away to hunt while her daughter was fed by birds whom she protected. One day the daughter pissed all over jaguar. He smelled the urine and smashed the daughter to the ground, killing her. Curare Woman took the daughter's twin fetuses and hid them in a bark container, where they became hekura spirits. When they grew to be men and became Raware', they sought revenge. Through cunning and with an arrow obtained from the sky's edge, they succeeded in killing Jaguar.
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