K’daai Maqsin

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K’daai Maqsin


Yakut (Siberia)

K’daai Maqsin is the primordial blacksmith; the very first smith according to Yakut cosmology. He is the father of ironworking and responsible for training future smiths. A Yakut proverb says that blacksmiths and shamans were born in the same nest. According to Yakut myth, the first blacksmith, shaman and potter were brothers but the blacksmith is the eldest brother and hence the most powerful.

K’daai Maqsin initiates shamans. He tempers their souls on his forge in the manner that he tempers iron. He is a divine physician and heals and revives the broken bodies of heroes. He mends amputated limbs. Post-Christianity, K’daai Maqsin was reclassified as a fire Demon. He lives in an iron house surrounded by flames.




Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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