Chactas

Chactas

the “noble savage” of the Natchez Indians; beloved of Atala. [Fr. Lit.: Atala]
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This species was found in sympatry with Ananteris columbiana Lourenco 1991, Tityus tayrona Lourenco 1991, and an unidentified species of Chactas Gervais 1844.
In Chateaubriand's equally abstemious Atala (1801), because of a vow her mother made that Atala would consecrate herself to God and surrender her virginity only at the peril of her mother's eternal soul, the eponymous heroine, daughter of a Spanish conquistador and a Christianized Indian mother, commits suicide rather than lose her virginity to the man she loves, Chactas, a young Indian from another tribe brought up and 'civilized', coincidentally, by her estranged father.