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Submitted: September 30, 2016

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Submitted: September 30, 2016





  1. Tilala’s Legend


Because he challenged the supreme god and defied his orders, he was seized and chained to the mountain summit. And when the end days of the world would arrive, they say that Tilala will break his chains and descend onto earth once again.

A great drought will strike, and beings will suffer immensely. That is when Tilala will emerge.  They say Tilala will appear adorned with jewels, blowing a flute, and dragging a cart full of sweets.

“Who ever desires what I enclose come by my side” Tilala will say. That is how he will bring together all of those who suffer from hunger. 

After he joins all the needy, Tilala will call upon a mighty storm and drown the earth under water.  That is how Tilala will bring back life into the lost world.


†Translated from Arabic text. (Qumuq [M], I984, p.7I)

‡Original account recorded by Hedeghel’e, A. I96I from raconteur Neniquebiqwe Mejid.


*Tilala’s Legend seems to enclose parallels with both mythological and biblical elements.  The first part of the account reveals parallels to the events found in “How Pataraz Freed Bearded Nesren, Who was Chained to the High Mountain”, the Circassian version of the Greek myth “Prometheus Chained to the Mountain.” The god who punished Tilala and chained him to the mountain resembles Peqwe, the mischievous god who chained bearded Nesren to the mountain out of envy and hatred to the Narts. The story then twists to reveal a biblical semblance to Noah’s Ark account, and his message to hoard the righteous “unprivileged” people from tyranny, and lead them to salvation before a mighty storm strikes and drown the world under water. 

The jewels, carte of sweets and melody escalating from his flute seem to enclose a metaphoric description indicating sanctions of a virtuous life or symbols for the life after death.


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