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Tonenili is literally, ‘water sprinkler’. The rain god of the Navajo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico. A deity given to having fun and playing tricks, Tonenili carries a water pot. In the tribal dances he is represented by a masked man who enacts the part of a clown. In the myths, too, he is the fool who dances about in order to show that he is pleased with what is happening.
Tonenili was very mischievous and liked nothing better than a good downpour at the wrong moment. Fortunately his tricks never harm anyone. It was Tonenili that saved the first Navajo from the water monster Ticholtsodi.