The Origin of the Sun and Moon
A Copala Triqui Legend
Narrated by Román Vidal López
Transcribed, edited, and analysed by
George Aaron Broadwell, Kosuke Matsukawa, Edgar Martín del Campo, Ruth
Scipione, Susan Perdomo with the assistance of José Fuentes
University at Albany, State University of New York
Copala Triqui is an indigenous language of Oaxaca, Mexico. It belongs to
the Mixtecan branch of the Otomanguean family. This work gives an analysis
of a long Copala Triqui legend which explains the origin of the sun and the
moon as twin brothers who are raised by Ca'aj, the grandmother of the the
Triqui people. After a number of trickster-like episodes, the twin rise
into the sky and become the sun and the moon.
Versions of this story are found among many indigenous groups in Oaxaca.
This version of The Origin of the Sun and the Moon was narrated in 2003 by
Román Vidal López, originally from San Miguel Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico. This
text is the longest version of the Sun and Moon legend so far recorded and
it is notable for its use of traditional Triqui ethnopoetic style and for
episodes not found in other stories. This work is also the longest analyzed
text in the Copala Triqui language.
ISBN 9783895864599. Languages of the World/Text Collections 30. 100 S. 2009.