In the Beginning… Hedgehog Creation and in the Process of Creation

I realized how long of a break I took from blogging about folklore I was reading when I found this draft from April 21st, 2006, sitting about in the queue of drafts. Oh my!

A few very helpful hedgehog references have come from the Physica list…

“In a Bosnian legend, the origin of hedgehog is connected to the Devil: the Devil threw his cut hair under the log for chopping trees. That hair immediately turned into a hedgehog.”
(Slovenska mitologija: enciklopedijski recnik, Zepter BookWorld, Beograd, 2001, 245-246)

“According to Bulgarian beliefs, hedgehog gave a piece of advice to God how to cover the earth with the sky.”
(Slovenska mitologija: enciklopedijski recnik, Zepter BookWorld, Beograd, 2001, 245-246)

“According to Bulgarian beliefs, hedgehog is the wisest animal and lives longer than any other. It remembers everything that happened in the past, which people had long forgotten. It also knows for some magical plant, which makes it forever young, so it never gets old.”
(Slovenska mitologija: enciklopedijski recnik, Zepter BookWorld, Beograd, 2001, 245-246)

“In Southern Slavic legends, wise hedgehog saves the world from the burning of the Sun. It steps on the Sun’s way and stops a she-donkey riding in the Sun, which went searching for a bride. Sun did not get married and did not produce many other suns (Macedonia). In other variation, Sun went searching for a hedgehog, which did not appear on his wedding with the Moon: the Sun found the hedgehog biting a stone. Hedgehog then explained to the Sun that his marriage with the Moon would produce many suns and everything would burn so it would have to eat the stones. When the Sun heard that, he gave up from the wedding, and Moon hid behind the Sun from the shame (Bulgaria).”
(Slovenska mitologija: enciklopedijski recnik, Zepter BookWorld, Beograd, 2001, 245-246)

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