How Saosiriqo crossed through the hole of the hipbone riding his Horse

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  1. How Saosiriqo crossed through the hole of the hipbone riding his Horse

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Saosiriqo was standing on a hilltop observing the surrounding while seated on his horse Tx’wezchei.A young man appeared before the trickling glimmer of sunrise, and ascended the hill and said, “Follow me if you seek a raid.” As Saosiriqo went off with the lad, they found a girl and brought her back to the hilltop.

-  We ought to divide the loot equally between us Saosiriqo,- said the lad.

- Yes. - Answered Saosiriqo

- Hence, I shall cut this girl into two halves; you may choose the part you most desire. Take the upper part if it pleases you, and I shall take the lower. – The lad seized his sword, and as he sliced the girl in two halves, a serpent crawled out of her mouth. The lad killed the crawling serpent and said:

- Take this girl as a sister if it pleases you, or a wife if you desire Saosiriqo.

Saosiriqo placed the girl on his saddle and followed the young man.

- What do you want Saosiriqo?

- Tell me, who are you?

- It is none of your concern who I may be, return to where you came from.

Saosiriqo returned while shivers rushing down his spine. However, he pulled his senses together, turned his horse, and followed the lad from a distance.

The knight entered a mountain through a hole. Saosiriqo followed and entered into the same opening. In a complete state of darkness, Saosiriqo found difficulty finding his way and destination. 

He passed through the mountain into a wide steppe. There, a white haired old crone was hoarding flock.

“By god why did this cursed, crooked-leg enter herein.” As the old crone said this, the young man turned and realized Saosiriqo’s presence.

“By god, may she become a dire omen upon you.”

The young man hosted Saosiriqo in a house, and served him some porridge and meat, “Saosiriqo eat when you feel hungry.” Said the lad and departed riding on his horse. Whenever Saosiriqo felt hungry, he would eat, but the food would not lessen. The young man returned and led Saosiriqo out of the unfathomable darkness. 

- Once you return, you will find the Narts assembled at odds on distributing loot they brought amongst them. When you arrive, they will say, “Let Saosiriqo distribute the loot between us, even though he is not present, he remains one of us.” Once they say this, you declare the following, “I will distribute them even though I am not present amongst you. However, ye must tie these three men.” Once they tie the three men and begin distributing the goods, you will come across a carpet, a fedora, and a whip.  Seize these three things and take off. Then, the three Narts will run shouting, “O foolish Narts, the goodness is not in what remains, but in the things he (Saosiriqo) had seized.” Once the three men say this, you reply, “I was not with you, but I made you transform me into a ball, in which I was able to enter the city and conquer it.”  The young man notified Saosiriqo with all of the instruction and bid him farewell, but he still wanted to discern the identity of the lad. So, as he was departing for the third time, Saosiriqo quickly stretched his hand and held him.

- Kill me or let me be. However, I have to know to whom do you belong? Said Saosiriqo, while he was gripping him.

 - I belong to you, - said the lad – Were you not in love with a widow, and upon her death, you removed her corpse and slept with her?

- I did sleep with her. Said Saosiriqo

- I am the son of that widow, if you married here in this life, I would have been your son in this world (the world of the living), and that white-haired old crone is my mother…

Saosiriqo did not allow the lad to complete his story.

While Saosiriqo was crossing a forest on his way to return, his foot stumbled upon something. Sinking in deep thought, he did not realize that he crossed through a hole of a horse’s hip. As he crossed through the hole, Saosiriqo became immensely bewildered, and when he inspected the surrounding, he saw colossal skeletons of what used to be a dog, a human, and a horse. Once Saosiriqo saw this, he prayed to God, “Show them to me in the form they were when lived on earth, but let them be sightless.”  The three resurrected back to life with the exception of their sight. They were so massive that the earth began plunging under their feat. The man began complaining,

“O God, what have I committed that you poured anger upon me.” Then the man greeted Saosiriqo;

- How dark is this world my son, is it as such for you?

- No.

- Our ancestors once said that a day would come when a human will kill another human. Did that occur yet?

- It did occur. Answered Saosiriqo.

- They used to say that Saosiriqo, is the one who God will answer his prayers will appear, did he emerge yet?

- He did, I am Saosiriqo.

- My son, a huge rock stood in this area, is it still here?

- Yes it is.

The man reached his hand from behind, seized the rock, broke it in two, and threw one-half towards Saosiriqo.

Once the man threw the rock, Saosiriqo jumped to the other side.

- Are you still alive?


- ‘Then you are truly Saosiriqo. Do not draw close, my breath will not allow you to advance. Approach me from behind.’ Said the giant.

Saosiriqo approached the giant from his backside and shook his hand.

- My son, you prayer has resurrected me, now let me return to my death. This world is no longer apt for me.

- I shall, however, when I convene with the Narts, what should I inform them about you? Who are you?

- I am known as “Zaleqwe Eirestem.”

Saosiriqo returned to the Narts and found them disputing over dividing the loot amongst them.

“Let him distribute the goods amongst us.”Said the Narts and called upon Saosiriqo three times until he arrived. He tied the three men and distributed the loot, took hold of the three things and took off.

When they pursued him:

- Was I not the one who transformed myself into a ball. Said Saosiriqo.

The young lad was the one who turned into a ball.

Saosiriqo returned.

(Hedeghel’e, I968, Vol. II, p. 193)


* This narrative is highly eclectic in prose and intense in nature. The sequence of events cancels the harmonious manner stories usually correspond to.

Generally, the focal point of the narrative is the loot the Narts pursue during raids. For each to claim their share of the loot, Saosiriqo faces a series of unusual events between both the world of the living and the dead. The young man, who ultimately turns out to be his own son, is an image of the world beyond grave; he is a creation consequent of the act of necrophilia Saosiriqo committed to the deceased widow. A practical interpretation concerning such an act is Saosiriqo’s diverse and perplexing nature and powers; his ability to shift between both worlds can only explain the duality his character relates to. 

The hole in the mountain is possibly a realm of the sub-consciousness and the beyond, signifying one of the many powers and dimensions Saosiriqo was able to perform and merge into. The second segment of the narrative is crossing through a hole belonging to a horse’s hip. There Saosiriqo encounters a dimension of the past, strongly highlighting one of the Narts early form of attitude and physical attributes. The three skeletons including the dog, horse, and human report to be colossal in size renders the Narts primary physical appearance. Additionally, the old man’s words imply the prophecies of the ancient Narts and their perception towards the future. It seems to deliver an idea, which at one point in the Narts history humans killing each other was an absent act. The man eventually requested to return to his death believing that the world he resurrected back into was not apt to continue living in.

It is unclear why the young man instructed Saosiriqo to tie the three men and take possession of the carpet, whip, and fedora. The three items may have had significance in the world beyond the grave. The ending is the most erratic part of the whole narrative revealing that the ball was actually Saosirqo’s son, the young man. Again, it is unclear how eventually it was his son who was the ball. It is probable that he initially was the one executing the raid and lending the fame and loot in addition to the three items to his father in the world of the living.


Submitted: September 30, 2016

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