Kuat is the Sun god for the Mamaiurans, an Amazon Indian tribe
that lives in Brazil. According to legend, at the beginning of time there
were so many birds in the sky that their wings prevented the daylight from
being seen. It was always night and the people were forced to live in fear
of attack from wild animals.
Tired of the darkness, two Mamaiuran heroes,
Iae and his brother Kuat, decided to force the king of the birds Urubutsin,
to give back some of the daylight. The birds would share
daylight with the Mamaiurans, and day would alternate with night. Kuat
represented the Sun and Iae represented the Moon.
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