Tundra Nenets

The moon and the sun

A myth recounting how the sun and the moon were created by the sky father.

A long time ago, lived a man and his wife. They had two children, a boy and a girl. One day, a man came on behalf of the sky father to take away the boy and the girl. They turned into birds and flew up to the sky. The girl became the sun and the boy became the moon.

Recording: The audio recording was made in Päivölä (Finland) in 2014 by Irina Nikolaeva. The text was first recorded by Kazimir Labanauskas and published in Labanauskas (1995: 31-34).

Image credit: Photograph taken in Nelmin Nos in 2003 by Irina Nikolaeva.