Ata-Entsik in the mythology of the North American Indians, was the female ancestor (foremother) of human beings; but because she allowed herself to be enticed by Hogouaho she was thrown into the sea. A turtle carried-her on its back, and the fishes built for her an island of clay, the earth. Sheis now the goddess of death, an enemy to all living beings, and lives solely on snakes and blood. As queen of souls she lives in the kingdom of the spirits, and receives that which is burned with the dead as a tribute.

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