Abenaki: Malsumis – cruel evil god

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Malsumis is the highly malevolent spirit or god of chaos and thorns in Abenaki mythology, an Algonquian people of northeastern North America.

General background
According to legend, after Tabaldak created humans, the dust from his hand created Gluskab and some versions say that he also created Gluskab’s twin sibling, Malsumis. Tabaldak gave Gluskab the power to create a good world. Malsumis, on the other hand, did the opposite, and still seeks evil to this day. Malsumis is the evil sister of Gluskab, who was created from the dust of the creation of man. While she and Gluskab both had the power to do good, Malsumis used his power for evil and trickery, like putting thorns on plants or bees in cheesecake. While Gluskab protects man, Malsumis uses her power to plot the end of man to this very day.

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