Published on November 21, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Bribri
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.