Choctaw Indians’ Legend Of Nanih Waiya Cave Mound – Mysterious Underground Realm Of Their Ancestors And Their Battle With Giants

Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Choctaw Indians of Mississippi have a fascinating ancient legend about the Nanih Waiya Cave Mound.

The Indians say that their ancestors emerged from an artificial underground world a very long time ago, which they consider being the homeland of their ancestors.

Choctaw Indians’ Legend Of Nanih Waiya Cave Mound – Mysterious Underground Realm Of Their Ancestors And Their Battle With Giants

During this time, the Choctaw Indians were invaded by a race of red- and blond-haired, white-skinned giants.

Caverns, Cauldrons & Concealed Creatures

These huge men were dressed in thick skin and carried weapons such as axes and “sharp clubs.” It almost sounds like the Choctaw encountered foreign invaders from across the sea.

Could it have been the Vikings or some other foreign people of great stature?

The Choctaw are descendants of the Hopewell and Mississippian cultures, who lived throughout the east of the Mississippi River valley.

Nanih Waiya, a fifty-foot-tall natural geological formation, is located in what is central present-day Mississippi.

The mound is said to have been built by the Hopewell people about 1,700 years ago.

Choctaw Indians’ Legend Of Nanih Waiya Cave Mound – Mysterious Underground Realm Of Their Ancestors And Their Battle With Giants

Choctaw Village near the Chefuncte, by Francois Bernard, 1869, Peabody Museum – Harvard University.

Nanih Waiya is sacred to the Choctaw Indians. The great mound has several natural openings, some of which have been “sealed up.” Still, the Choctaw Indians say these openings serve as entrances to a vast, unknown underground realm that their ancestors inhabited.

When the “white” giants with “horns” attacked their people, their ancestors were forced to hide inside the mound for generations.

According to the Choctaw Indians, the mound leads to a huge subterranean world with large series of caverns. There is an underground river there and connects to other “worlds,” or underground places.

 

Choctaw Indians' Legend Of Nanih Waiya Cave Mound – Mysterious Underground Realm Of Their Ancestors And Their Battle With Giants

Nanih Waiya Cave Mound. Credit: Phil Konstantin - CC BY-SA 4.0

When the Choctaw emerged after staying underground for many generations, they went to war with their enemies. They won the won by using darts coated with a poison made from mushrooms found in the caverns. Victorious, they emerged again into the sunlit world.

The Choctaw Indians still consider Nanih Waiya to be a place that should be treated with respect, but they also fear it a little. They say several supernatural beings inhabit the mound. One of them is the Shampe, a hair-covered, human-like giant who has a terrible odor. Other mysterious beings who are believed to live inside the Nanih Waiya are dwarfs and giant serpents.

If you enjoyed this ancient legend, then you can find many similar and equally interesting stories in the book Caverns, Cauldrons & Concealed Creatures written by Wm. Michael Mott

Written by - Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com 

Updated on July 18, 2021

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