favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Wóȟpe with Shu Pei Qin

She said to him, “My journey is long, to I know not where. I know not when I will get there. I know not how long I shall stay there. I go until I find greater pleasure than I have here.”

He asked her name and she told him that it was Wohpe. He asked her about her people and she said that the sun was her father, the moon her mother, and the stars her people. [x]

Pteskawin Introduces Buffaloes

Pteskawin is the Lakota deity of bisons (American buffaloes if you want to be specific). You probably know her as White Buffalo Calf Woman. She’s a culture hero type of character. She is associated with the sacred pipe ritual and other holy ceremonies among the Lakota. [Edit: She’s also noted to be similar to Wohpe, another deity who introduced the sacred pipes]

Off to the story: 

When Pteskawin entered the land of humans to provide aid, she was materialized in front of two hunters as a beautiful maiden dressed in white buckskin. Her face was painted with several red stripes. Pteskawin told the two men to tell their chief that she is the ambassador from the Buffalo Nation. 

Well as you can see, a hot lady just materialized out of nowhere. There are two options for the two men to be doing. One is “Oh my god, she’s a powerful deity. I must tell our people immediately.” and the other is “Wow, she’s super hot. I am totes hitting on her.” (which is totally what you should say to a powerful goddess). 

Seized with desire, the other hunter went to hit on her hold her. Unfortunately, Pteskawin has no time for these trite romances. Using her powers over the heavens and magic, she engulfs him in a grey cloud and turns him into bones. 

She ordered the other hunter to relay the message to their chief. Pteskawin had them prepare the first medicine lodge with 24 poles. At the meeting, she grants them the peace pipe. The pipe she had given the people allowed them to communicate with spirits, bind oaths, cease fights and request aid from the divinities. 

She taught them one of their four sacred ceremonies, the art of medicine and cooking. The White Buffalo Woman then conjured up four bison of different colours before disappearing into thin air. The bison gave themselves for the human beings to hunt and the White Buffalo Woman was the symbol of their relationship.

Divinely Awesome Antagonists: The Lakota

The Lakota gods have their own dramas and malign spirits to handle. 

Anog Ite (or Anukite, Winyan Nupa) - The daughter of Wa and Kan, the two Pte people. Ite was married to Tate, the wind god and was the most beautiful of all mortals. However, Wa and Kan wanted more favour and position among the gods. Ite deserted Tate and stopped caring for her children. When Hanwi discovered that Ite had been conversing with her husband, the gods went into a squabble. Skan decreed that Ite would be banished to wander the Earth. Half of her face would disfigured and the other half would shone like the sun. From then on, she became Anog Ite or “Two-Faced”.

Gnas - Unk’s second child was born from her incestuous union with Iya. Gnas was one of the most attractive of the gods. Despite his cruel disposition, the gods tolerated his presence since he was attractive. This trickster was responsible for creation of water lilies during a feud with Wakinyan and Iya. He made poisonous plants, insects and reptiles for plague Maka and her home.

Gnaskiyan (Gnaski/Tatanka Gnaskiyan) - The son of Iya and the impersonator. He delights strife and hatred by impersonating as Ta Tanka, the benevolent buffalo god of wisdom.

Iya (or Ibom/Tokapa) - For her ploy to begin, Unk flattered Skan, the sky god and was given the domain of all the waters. Due to the rivers being Inyan, the stone god’s blood, Unk gave birth to Iya, the storm god. He delighted in destruction and his mother would send him to Maka’s domain to cause chaos. Iya became the enemy of Ksa, the god of knowledge and Wakinyan, the Thunderer. As Ibom, he was a terrifying storm that could ravage the plains.

Unk - The goddess of passion who was created by Maka, the Earth goddess to be her companion. However, it turns out that Unk was more beautiful than her. Maka in a fit of jealousy, threw her into the primeval waters and transformed her into a water goddess. She resented Maka and began her ploy to shame her in front of all the other gods. When the gods created servants, Unk created Unktehi, the river monster and Mni Watu, spirits of the currents to plague humanity.

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Anog Ite

Also known as: Anuk-ite, Double-Faced Woman, Ite

(goddess/demon) Anog Ite’s whole family was tricked by the spider, Iktomi into seducing the highest of the gods and messing around with them. They were banished to the world and became monsters. Cursed by Skan for adultery, a part of her face rotted.

She was now simultaneously, the most beautiful goddess to grace the Lakota while being the ugliest creature. Her children, Tatuyetopa was raised by her husband, Tate. The children became messengers for the gods to commune with mankind.

See also: Hi'cictawi'a, Wakanka, Wazi

Anog Ite and Wohpe

Anog Ite is the two-faced goddess of the Lakota pantheon. She is associated with porcupines and the art of quilling. She had sought to replace Hanwi, the moon goddess from her queenly authority by seducing Wi, her husband. For her vile act and for cheating on her own husband, Skan, the king of the gods turned her into a two-faced divinity, one beautiful and one ugly. Technically this was all Iktomi’s doing but she doesn’t really care anyways.

She was also cursed to scour the Earth looking for victims she could corrupt with her malign magic. Anog Ite at the beginning of the Earth discovered the daughters of Wohpe, the Buffalo Woman wandering around happily. 

Seeking to stir up some strife and utter ruination to them, she lured them to the lair of Iktomi and Iya, whom are both utterly insane and not to be trusted. They decided to play with her children and caused them to almost go mad (in one version).

Luckily, Wohpe rescued them from the lair with the help of Wi, the sun god and Okaga, the South Wind. In order for Anog Ite to never touch her creations again, she taught the Lakota people a sacred ritual used to purify their daughters when she enters puberty.