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 two brothers hid themselves inside a
And waited until the birds approached. As soon as Urubutsin landed, Kuat
grabbed Urubutsin's leg.
Unable to get away, Urubutsin was forced to make
an agreement with the two brothers. 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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