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The Seneca tribe was one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy from the northeastern United States. Some important figures in Seneca mythology were:

  • Eagentci, whose name translates as "ancient-bodied one" is the Earth-mother, or First Mother.
  • Dijien was a man-sized spider who survived most attacks because its heart was buried underground.
  • Othegwenhda stabbed the heart under the Earth with a tree limb.
  • Dagwanoenyent is a vicious northern witch who is depicted as a whirlwind. Her child's father killed her.
  • Hagondes is a cannibalistic trickster and clown spirit.
  • Kaakwha (also Kanawha) is the solar deity and god of light and truth, subordinate to Hawenniyo, a fertility god.
  • The Dahdahwat are animals who appear in dreams and visions.
  • Gagqa is the crow spirit.
  • Awaeh Tegendji is an old woman who lives with her three beautiful daughters.
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