North American - The trickster-god, war-god of the Iowa Indians. Son of the sun-god. He was expelled from heaven for his trickery. He tricked Rabbit into taking off his fur coat and, while Rabbit was up a tree, put the coat on and ran off with it. He married one daughter of a local chief and so offended the other daughter who rescued the skinless Rabbit. He engaged in shooting matches with Rabbit in which they shot an eagle which grew each day from the feathers of the one shot the day before. When Rabbit gave back to Ictinike the clothes he had taken off to put on Rabbit's fur, the Indians drummed up such a frantic dance that Ictinike, jumping ever higher, fell and broke his neck. Another story has a different version of his death. It was said that he was jealous when Rabbit (in this story, Rabbit Boy) married the girl he wanted for himself and incited the youths of the village to kill Rabbit. Before they killed him, cut him up and boiled him, Rabbit Boy sang a deathsong and then used his magic powers to reassemble the parts and return to life. When Ictinike tried to do the same, he sang the wrong words to the death-song and died, never to return. Yet another story says that he rode on the back of a buzzard who threw him off into a hollow tree where he was trapped for some time. When he finally escaped, he pretended to be dead. The buzzard landed to feed on his flesh and Ictinike seized it and tore the feathers from the top of its head. Some equate him with Ikto, a culture-hero said to have invented speech. Also identified as Ictinike, Spider Man, Spider Man, Unktome, Unktome, Unktomi, Unktomi, Ikto(me), Ikto(me), 'spider', 'spider', Arachne, Bilik, Inktomi or Sus'sistinnako.

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