I

Central American - A Mayan deity of uncertain identity, referred to as god I: perhaps Ix Chel. This deity is depicted as an old woman with feet like claws and wearing a snake formed into a knot on her head and holding a water-pot. Water flowing from the pot leads to the suggestion that she was a water-goddess. Also identified as I, Divine Archer, Divine Archer, I, Hou I, Hou I or I.
Japanese - A sign (pig or wild boar) of the Zodiac. On occassion, known as I, Divine Archer, Divine Archer, I, Hou I, Hou I or I.
Chinese - The archer who shot down 9 suns. Husband of Heng O. When ten suns appeared in the sky the heat was too much so I shot down nine of them with his magic bow. In one version, he was a deity who was banished to earth by Ti Chün who was angry at the loss of his sons, killed by I. His wife, Heng O, who was banished with him, stole the elixir of immortality and flew off to the moon. Some say that he later married Fu-fei. He was later forgiven by Ti Chün or, in some accounts, was given immortality by Hsi Wang Mu and came to be identified with the sun. Other stories of his exploits say that he prevented the eclipse of the moon, which caused humans to become infertile, by shooting the Celestial Dog which devoured the moon and that he rode up on the winds created by the wind-lord, Feng Po, and shot him in the leg, forcing him to abate the storms he had caused. In some references, identified as I, Divine Archer, Divine Archer, I, Hou I, Hou I or I.

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