Myths - Evenki - Fire
An Evenki Fire Origin Myth - The Evenks are a Tungusic people of Northern Asia. In Russia, the Evenks are recognized as one of the Indigenous peoples of the Russian North, with a population of 38,396.
There lived two brothers. The elder brother is rich, the younger brother is poor. The elder brother had many workers, lands, and possessed fire. The younger brother's people had neither land nor fire. The younger brother thinks: It is necessary to get some land, fire to your people. Thought so: I'll tell my brother that he gave me land the size of a bull's skin only. He said this to his older brother, he replied:
"Well, if it's with a bull's skin, then I'll give you lands."
The younger brother, having arranged this way with his elder brother, left; went to look for a big bull.
I found, killed the bull, took off the skin, cut off the wool from the skin. Skin, removed from the bull, cut into thin, thin belts. I came to my brother and said:
"I brought the skin."
The elder brother said:
- Well, let's measure.
The younger brother showed his skin to his brother and said:
- That's how long the belt is cut from the skin; and the width of the land that you give me will be the same.
The elder brother said:
"I'll give you land only the size of a bull's skin."
- Junior replied:
"Here is the skin of a bull."
They began to measure the earth with a belt, carved from the skin of a bull. Measured the length and width of the land. More than half of the land was taken by a younger brother from an older brother.
Then the younger brother began to ask for fire. The elder brother, angry, said:
- I'm not giving it! Then the younger brother went, found two horses. One horse taught like this:
"If a man sits on you, run as fast as you can."
Then he came with his horses to his brother, said:
"No one can sit on this horse." The older brother began boasting:
"So much for a horse!" I'll sit on her. The older brother sat on the horse, she quickly ran, carried away. After his departure, the younger brother took the brother's fire, sat on the second horse. With fire he rode the earth. By striking with fire against the trees, O rocks and earth, he said:
"Let there be fire in the rocks, in the trees, in the earth."
So took one person from another fire. Since then, in the stones, in the trees, in the earth, fire has begun, and people have lost their hair, they have become woolless, since they began to possess fire.
Source: Evenki fairy tales / per. with the Evenk. GV Kungurov, MI Osharov, AS Olkhon. Novosibirsk: West-Siberian book publishing house, 1971. - 13 p