Talking God Painting by David John

Talking God by David John - Navajo

Talking God by David John – Navajo
Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Navajo creation story – the Talking God
This, the Talking God, is the chief character in Navajo mythology. In the rites in which personated deities minister to a suffering patient this character invariably leads, carrying a four-piece folding wand, bala­l, and uttering a peculiar cry.

As yet there was neither sun nor moon to shed light, only dawn, circling the horizon in the four colors ”white in the east, blue in the south, yellow in the west, and black in the north. Deeming it necessary that they should have light to brighten the world, and warmth for the corn and the grass, on their return to the earth’s center one of the chiefs made a speech advocating the creation of a sun and a moon.
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