Native American Indian Earth Spirits: Iriria

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Native American Indian Earth Spirits: Iriria

Name: Iriria

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Tribal affiliation: Bribri

Pronunciation: ee-ree-ree-ah

Also known as: Tapir’s Daughter

Type: Earth goddess, tapir, sacrifice

Iriria is the Bribri earth goddess. Originally she was the daughter of the Tapir (Namaitmi), who was the culture hero Sibu’s sister. However, Sibú sacrificed his niece to transform her into the earth. Because of this, both Iriria and tapirs were venerated by the Bribris.

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