Sido

East Indian - A Papuan fertility-god. He shaped the earth, stocked the seas with fish and taught men to speak. In one story, Sido was taught the art of shedding his skin like a snake, so achieving immortality, but he was once disturbed during the change and lost this power. His body died but his spirit survived to roam the earth until he married a mortal. At her death, his spirit first became a pig and then the pathfinder who leads the souls of the dead to the land of spirits. As Sosum, he could cause the plants to grow merely by twirling his penis which made a noise like a bull-roarer. Another version, in which he is Soido, says that he married a mortal woman who died at their first lovemaking but all the plants of the earth sprouted at the spot where she was buried. Soido later married another mortal, Pekai, and became the god of agriculture. Some say that Sido was the first man to die and married Dirivo. From their union came all the plants of Adiri, the underworld, where they lived. Here he built a house, miles long, to accommodate all those who died after him. It was said that he could make fire by rubbing his teeth with wood. In some accounts, Sido, Sosum and Soido are separate beings. Also called Sido, Sida, Sida, Soido, Soido, Sosom, Sosom, Souw, Souw, New Zealand Tawhaki or New Zealand Tawhaki.

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