Ice God

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According to Zuni cosmology, the Ice God lives in the Sacred Mountains and is responsible for the snow that will provide spring melt for crop growth. However, the warm mists from the Valley of Hot Waters drives the cold breath of the Ice God away, and the climate is pleasantly temperate for growing an abundance of corn. One year the Ice God fell asleep and no snow fell all winter. Bear, deer and hummingbird attempted to rouse the Ice God but were not successful. Spider managed to wake the Ice God. Upon rising, the Ice God rubbed his eyes and snow began to fall. When spider spins a web into the distant clouds, winter is sure to follow.

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