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* According to ''Disney/MelodyTime'', coyotes howl at the moon out of sympathy for a man who lost his love.

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* According to ''Disney/MelodyTime'', ''Disney/MelodyTime'''s Pecos Bill segment, coyotes howl at the moon out of sympathy for a man who lost his love.
13th Jun '17 9:46:45 PM Psychadelico
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** Existing somewhere in the space between this trope and a CreationMyth, [[DependingOnTheAuthor various stories told by different peoples]] in the Western parts of North America credit [[TheTrickster Coyote]] (or his more Northern {{Expy}} Raven) for the existence of fire (a la Prometheus), sunlight[[note]]Raven stole it from the first chief, who kept it in a box all to himself, and then released it in an attempt to [[KillEmAll get back at]] a couple of fishermen [[DisproportionateRetribution who wouldn't give him their catch]]. [[ApocalypseHow It worked]], and created the notion of daytime, thus ushering in the era for modern humans[[/note]], the stars[[note]]he begged to be allowed to or was asked to place the stars in the sky by the creator deity. He ''started'' doing it carefully, until he got bored/tripped and fell/couldn't help but peek in a bag he was told not to/sneezed, and the rest wound up scattered all across the sky without rhyme or reason[[/note]], death, or humans, among other things, with the impetus ranging from [[GuileHero underhanded heroics]] to malicious intent to [[HanlonsRazor incompe]][[NiceJobFixingItVillain tence]].
13th Jun '17 9:16:44 PM Psychadelico
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* One Native American story tells that the coyote has yellow eyes because he was tricked by some birds into losing his eyes (he saw them juggling their eyes, and wanted to join in, despite their warnings), and he needed to make new ones from tar.
** Substitute crabs for the birds and Jaguar for Coyote, and the same story is told further south as well.
12th Jun '17 9:55:43 AM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' The annual contains one of these, explaining the origin of Cybertronian civilisation, and the nature of the mysterious Guiding Hand, who are apparently gods created by Primus at the beginning of time, who created Cybertronian civilisation with "a wave of their hands", and that Cybertronians are supposedly immortal since they killed their god of death. Later revelations in the series show two claims from these stories, the aforementioned immortality and the fact that one of Cybertron's moons was destroyed are patently untrue (they aren't, and it wasn't, respectively).

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* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' The annual contains one of these, explaining the origin of Cybertronian civilisation, and the nature of the mysterious Guiding Hand, who are apparently gods created by Primus at the beginning of time, who created Cybertronian civilisation with "a wave of their hands", and that Cybertronians are supposedly immortal since they killed their god of death. Later revelations in the series show two claims from these stories, the aforementioned immortality and the fact that one of Cybertron's moons was destroyed are patently untrue (they aren't, and it wasn't, respectively).



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* Towards the beginning of Disney's ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', the protagonist comes upon a gathering of black sharecroppers in the shade, singing about Uncle Remus' tales, which tell how the [[http://www.songofthesouth.net/movie/lyrics/uncle-remus-said.html how the leopard got his spots, how the camel got those humps, and how the pig got a curly tail.]]

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* Towards the beginning of Disney's ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', the protagonist comes upon a gathering of black sharecroppers in the shade, singing about Uncle Remus' tales, which tell how the [[http://www.songofthesouth.net/movie/lyrics/uncle-remus-said.html how the leopard got his spots, how the camel got those humps, and how the pig got a curly tail.]]
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* Towards the beginning of Disney's ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', the protagonist comes upon a gathering of black sharecroppers in the shade, singing about Uncle Remus' tales, which tell how the [[http://www.songofthesouth.net/movie/lyrics/uncle-remus-said.html how the leopard got his spots, how the camel got those humps, and how the pig got a curly tail.]]
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* [[FollowTheLeader Same goes]] for PecosBill. He dug the Rio Grande to irrigate his ranch and the Grand Canyon while prospecting for gold. He invented centipede and tarantula as practical jokes, taught the bronco how to buck, and made Death Valley the time he fell off a tornado and left a crater in the ground.

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* [[FollowTheLeader Same goes]] for PecosBill.Myth/PecosBill. He dug the Rio Grande to irrigate his ranch and the Grand Canyon while prospecting for gold. He invented centipede and tarantula as practical jokes, taught the bronco how to buck, and made Death Valley the time he fell off a tornado and left a crater in the ground.



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** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the citizens of Djelibeybi believe a number of different stories on why the sun moves through the sky: it's being rolled by a dung beetle, carried by a boat, pulled by a chariot, etc. (Most of which are based on real Myth/{{Egyptian|Mythology}} myths--over time, different deities fell in and out of popularity, so there were several Egyptian sun gods at different times). A freak accident involving pyramids traps the country in a pocket dimension where [[AllMythsAreTrue all these stories are true]], which results in about a dozen sun gods fighting over who gets to carry the sun. This segment even includes one of the priests calling the play-by-play as if it were a rugby match (before being promptly killed for his heresy).

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** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', the citizens of Djelibeybi believe a number of different stories on why the sun moves through the sky: it's being rolled by a dung beetle, carried by a boat, pulled by a chariot, etc. (Most of which are based on real Myth/{{Egyptian|Mythology}} myths--over myths -- over time, different deities fell in and out of popularity, so there were several Egyptian sun gods at different times). A freak accident involving pyramids traps the country in a pocket dimension where [[AllMythsAreTrue all these stories are true]], which results in about a dozen sun gods fighting over who gets to carry the sun. This segment even includes one of the priests calling the play-by-play as if it were a rugby match (before being promptly killed for his heresy).



-->'''Frith:''' My friend, have you seen El-ahrairah? For I wish to give him a gift.
-->'''El-ahrairah:''' No, I have not seen him.
-->'''Frith:''' Come out, and I will bless you instead.
-->'''El-ahrairah:''' No, I cannot. I am busy. The fox and weasel are coming. If you want to bless me, you will have to bless my bottom.
-->'''Frith:''' Very well. Be it so.
-->And El-ahrairah's tail grew shining white, and it flashed like a star. And his back legs grew long and powerful. He tore across the hill faster than any creature in the world.
-->'''Frith:''' All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they catch you, they will kill you... but first, they must catch you. Strong digger, fast runner...be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.

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-->'''Frith:''' My friend, have you seen El-ahrairah? For I wish to give him a gift.
-->'''El-ahrairah:'''
gift.\\
'''El-ahrairah:'''
No, I have not seen him.
-->'''Frith:'''
him.\\
'''Frith:'''
Come out, and I will bless you instead.
-->'''El-ahrairah:'''
instead.\\
'''El-ahrairah:'''
No, I cannot. I am busy. The fox and weasel are coming. If you want to bless me, you will have to bless my bottom.
-->'''Frith:'''
bottom.\\
'''Frith:'''
Very well. Be it so.
-->And
so.\\
And
El-ahrairah's tail grew shining white, and it flashed like a star. And his back legs grew long and powerful. He tore across the hill faster than any creature in the world.
-->'''Frith:'''
world.\\
'''Frith:'''
All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they catch you, they will kill you... but first, they must catch you. Strong digger, fast runner... be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.



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* OlderThanDirt: The Sumero-Babylonian culture had a story about the origin of seasons: Inanna (Ishtar) Descends to the Underworld. The goddess in question goes to visit her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld, and is killed there. Her priestess friend (and another deity) bring her BackFromTheDead, but she is not allowed to go back home unless she brings back a suitable substitute...[[spoiler: her own beloved husband, Dumuzi, because he wasn't visibly in mourning while she was gone.]] His sister pleads to be taken instead. Ultimately, the sister spends six months down there (summer, because Ishtar is with her true love) and Dumuzi spends winter down there (everything goes dormant because [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ishtar misses him so much]]).
** The form where the seasons are flipped has also been told (scorching summer when she is separated from her love, mild, pleasant, rainy winter--crops still grow in the wintertime in southern Mesopotamia--when they are together). It's possible that both versions were known in Ancient Mesopotamia, as lower/southern Mesopotamia is a flat lowland with a much warmer climate than mountainous upper/northern Mesopotamia (to this day there are strong cultural differences between these regions, which the ethnic and religious divisions of modern UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}} only exacerbate).

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* OlderThanDirt: The Sumero-Babylonian culture had a story about the origin of seasons: Inanna (Ishtar) Descends to the Underworld. The goddess in question goes to visit her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld, and is killed there. Her priestess friend (and another deity) bring her BackFromTheDead, but she is not allowed to go back home unless she brings back a suitable substitute...[[spoiler: her own beloved husband, Dumuzi, because he wasn't visibly in mourning while she was gone.]] His sister pleads to be taken instead. Ultimately, the sister spends six months down there (summer, because Ishtar is with her true love) and Dumuzi spends winter down there (everything goes dormant because [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Ishtar misses him so much]]).
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much]]). The form where the seasons are flipped has also been told (scorching summer when she is separated from her love, mild, pleasant, rainy winter--crops winter -- crops still grow in the wintertime in southern Mesopotamia--when Mesopotamia -- when they are together). It's possible that both versions were known in Ancient Mesopotamia, as lower/southern Mesopotamia is a flat lowland with a much warmer climate than mountainous upper/northern Mesopotamia (to this day there are strong cultural differences between these regions, which the ethnic and religious divisions of modern UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}} only exacerbate).



* According to [[Literature/TheBible Genesis]], snakes lost their legs as punishment from God for tempting Eve. Women endure painful childbirth, humanity in general works for a living, and everybody eventually dies because Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but God evicted them from the Garden of Eden before they could eat fruit from the Tree of Life so that they would not have to live in that state forever.

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* Literature/TheBible:
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According to [[Literature/TheBible Genesis]], Genesis, snakes lost their legs as punishment from God for tempting Eve. Women endure painful childbirth, humanity in general works for a living, and everybody eventually dies because Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but God evicted them from the Garden of Eden before they could eat fruit from the Tree of Life so that they would not have to live in that state forever.



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* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' has a number of strips involving made-up mythological origins for the characters, sometimes written by themselves. For instance, in Lyle's story, he came into being as a three-year-old, from the wreckage of an exploding pickup truck being worked on in the driveway by God and the Devil. They asked his name, and he defiantly chanted "Ace of spades! Ace of spades!"

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* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'':
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has a number of strips involving made-up mythological origins for the characters, sometimes written by themselves. For instance, in Lyle's story, he came into being as a three-year-old, from the wreckage of an exploding pickup truck being worked on in the driveway by God and the Devil. They asked his name, and he defiantly chanted "Ace of spades! Ace of spades!"



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* One ''{{Popeye}}'' short has him spinning a fanciful tale on why the sea is salty (involving a magic device which punishes its owner for being greedy by creating endless salt instead of gold). After the story is told, Swee'Pea lampshades it by given the actual explanation, including detailed scientific terms; Olive Oyl chimes in with, "''Anybody'' knows that, Popeye."

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* One ''{{Popeye}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' short has him spinning a fanciful tale on why the sea is salty (involving a magic device which punishes its owner for being greedy by creating endless salt instead of gold). After the story is told, Swee'Pea lampshades it by given the actual explanation, including detailed scientific terms; Olive Oyl chimes in with, "''Anybody'' knows that, Popeye."



** Then there's an animated "How the Leopard Got His Spots". Either LadysmithBlackMambazo or a very similar band did the soundtrack for it.

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** * Then there's an animated "How the Leopard Got His Spots". Either LadysmithBlackMambazo Music/LadysmithBlackMambazo or a very similar band did the soundtrack for it.



* A really cute animation in ''Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus'' explains many nature phenomenons by [[AnthropomorphicObjects anthropomorphing]] the sun. (For example, she thought that everybody hates her, but it was just too hot so everybody took cover...and when she goes down in the evening, all people applaud her and her face gets red with abashment.)

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* A really cute animation in ''Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus'' explains many nature phenomenons by [[AnthropomorphicObjects anthropomorphing]] the sun. (For example, she thought that everybody hates her, but it was just too hot so everybody took cover... and when she goes down in the evening, all people applaud her and her face gets red with abashment.)
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10th Jun '17 10:55:40 PM Sharlee
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* Invoked in ''Literature/DreamPark'', when an important in-Game info dump about the Haiavaha is conveyed to the South Seas Treasure players in the form of a folktale which incorporates a "why dogs can't talk" example.
5th May '17 9:54:10 PM karstovich2
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** According to a highly heterodox interpretation, Genesis 1 also accounts for the racial differences between groups of humans by stating that the Elohim made men each in their own image and likeness. This explains why each nation's gods look remarkably like their people. (In most orthodox interpretations--i.e. followed by mainstream Judaism and Christianity--''Elohim'' is not actually plural, but [[RoyalWe an honorific plural]] to emphasize the majesty of the singular Almighty God.)

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** According to a highly heterodox interpretation, Genesis 1 also accounts for the racial differences between groups of humans by stating that the Elohim made men each in their own image and likeness. This explains why each nation's gods look remarkably like their people. (In most orthodox interpretations--i.interpretation (i.e. followed by mainstream Judaism a few conspiracy theorists and Christianity--''Elohim'' cultists) the word "Elohim" in the original text of the Hebrew Bible is not actually plural, but a [[RoyalWe an honorific majestic plural]] to emphasize the majesty of the singular Almighty God.)word "god" (''Eloh''= "god"; "-im"= Hebrew pluralization suffix), as accepted by virtually all Jews and Christians (and, for what it's worth, Muslims and other random Abrahamic faiths like the Baha'i and Rastafari). Instead, they put forward that "Elohim" is a literal plural referring to a whole species of gods of varying appearance. Genesis 1 thus "accounts" for the racial differences between groups of humans by stating that the Elohim made men each in their own image and likeness. This, according to the followers of this theory, "explains" why each nation's gods look remarkably like their people. Never mind that majestic plurals are almost embarrassingly characteristic of Semitic languages, or that only part of the Bible uses "Elohim" to refer to God...
15th Apr '17 3:34:02 PM nombretomado
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-->-- ''SomethingPositive'' [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11062007.shtml 6 Nov 2007]]

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-->-- ''SomethingPositive'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11062007.shtml 6 Nov 2007]]
9th Mar '17 1:30:39 AM Dvandemon
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* According to ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', the reason why there's holes in the moon is because [[spoiler: Todd Ingram punched them into it with his bare fists to impress Envy.]]
22nd Dec '16 7:33:22 PM Andyroid
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* Myth/PaulBunyan has got a lot of these: Minnesota has 10,000 lakes because his giant footprints filled up with water. The Mississippi River goes all the way down the country 'cause Paul dug it as a canal to float his logs down (incidentally, the piles of dirt he scooped out became the Rocky Mountains). Michigan looks like a mitten because Bunyan had lost his and subconsciously logged the peninsula in that shape. Lake Superior is so cold because Paul's icebox is at the bottom. The Grand Canyon is the result of Paul dragging his axe behind him. Kansas is flat because he flipped it upside down, so that all its mountains are buried underground. And the moon's so full of craters 'cause Paul kicked a hard-headed splinter cat right into it.

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* Myth/PaulBunyan has got a lot of these: Minnesota has 10,000 lakes because his giant footprints filled up with water. The Mississippi River goes all the way down the country 'cause Paul dug it as a canal to float his logs down (incidentally, the piles of dirt he scooped out became the Rocky Mountains). Michigan looks like a mitten because Bunyan had lost his and subconsciously logged the peninsula in that shape. Lake Superior is so cold because Paul's icebox is at the bottom. The Grand Canyon is the result of Paul dragging his axe behind him. Kansas is flat because he flipped it upside down, so that all its mountains are buried underground. And the The moon's so full of craters 'cause Paul kicked a hard-headed splinter cat right into it.it. And the Aurora Borealis is caused by Paul rough-housing with Babe the Blue Ox, knocking frozen light out of the ice and snow in the Alaskan tundra.
13th Dec '16 3:26:24 PM Andyroid
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* A number of stories about Anansi the spider are said to explain the behavior of spiders. To name one example, spiders like to make their webs in dark corners because when Anansi was caught stealing crops from his neighbor, he was so ashamed he hid in the rafters of his house for a week.



** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the [[PunnyName N'Tuitif]] tribe has such "myths" as How The Giraffe Got Its Long Neck: an ancestor of the giraffe had a slightly longer neck than other animals, and could reach higher leaves, with the longer-necked giraffes surviving more easily to pass their long neck to their children... [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin sound familiar]]? Their stories seem to end with a phrase like "[[ShaggyDogStory This is just a thing that happened]]" or "[[JustSoStory and so it is]]".

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** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', the [[PunnyName N'Tuitif]] tribe has such "myths" as How The Giraffe Got Its Long Neck: an ancestor of the giraffe had a slightly longer neck than other animals, and could reach higher leaves, with the longer-necked giraffes surviving more easily to pass their long neck to their children... [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin sound familiar]]? Their stories seem to end with a phrase like "[[ShaggyDogStory This is just a thing that happened]]" or "[[JustSoStory and "and so it is]]".is".
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