The invention of culture and the arts is universally envisaged as a demiurgic irruption and effulgence that entails an element of ambiguity. Sometimes, the mythico-moral resolution of this cosmic ambiguity takes place on the basis of the staging of a competition between two brothers representing good and evil forces respectively. Among the Iroquois, for example, the cosmogonic process in its positive aspect is carried out by Yoskehâ’, while his brother Tawîskarà presides over the negative force of death. The name Yoskehâ’ implies the idea of spring, renewal, and rejuvenation, whereas Tawîskarà is associated with winter and the deadening effects of cold. In this particular mythology, the powers of life are akin to the powers of invention and production since Yoskehâ’ has also taught men the use of fire, which he had received from the demiurgic tortoise.1


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