Among the Maidu they are usually known as "burning," among the Miwok as "cry."
The Hesi, the most important of the Maidu series, is danced also by the Wintun.
The members possess power of causing sickness and contend against each other much like the shamans of the Maidu and Yokuts.
Kodoyanpe, the Maidu creator, discovered the world along with Coyote, and with his aid rendered it habitable for mankind.
It is clear that the mythology of the Maidu is distinctive and much less under Wintun influence than their ceremonies.
The distances are right, and the linguistic border between the Miwok and the Maidu runs along the Cosumnes.
The Nishinam got it from the Maidu, who got it from the Konkau, who made it.
Among the Yuki his power, as that of the rattlesnake, was associated with the sun; among the Maidu with the thunder.
The mythology of the several Maidu divisions is much more uniform than their religious practices.
At some of these ceremonies images representing the dead, and recalling those of the Maidu far to the north, were burned.