Unelanuhi, the Cherokee sun goddess, is one of the few female sun deities found throughout the worldwide pantheon of goddesses and gods. Originally the earth had no sun: it was Spider Woman who pulled Unelanuhi into the sky from the underworld after the other animals had tried and failed. Although she belongs to no one, she is lovers with her brother, the moon, and they chase each other through the heavens. Her name means "apportioner," for Unelanuhi creates time with her movement through the sky. She is a joyous affirmation of the bright, radiant feminine who provides light and warmth to all the world.

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