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Big Fly (do'tsoh) (H), although apparently mythological, has a biological existence. A Tachinid fly of the species Hystricia pollinosa Van der Wulp (I am indebted to L. C. Wyman for the identification) it has the habit of lighting on a person's shoulder or chest just in front of the shoulder. It is of major importance in ritual since its powers supersede those of any of the deities for whom it acts. Big Fly is frequently a guardian of the east side of a sandpainting and, in paintings of the Hail and Wind chants, the insect is a major figure, often repeated?


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