By Dawn E Bastian
This revealing paintings introduces readers to the mythologies of local american citizens from the U.S. to the Arctic Circle-a wealthy, advanced, and various physique of lore, which continues to be much less well known than mythologies of different peoples and locations. In thematic chapters and encyclopedia-style entries, Handbook of local American Mythology examines the characters and deities, rituals, sacred destinations and gadgets, techniques, and tales that outline mythological cultures of varied indigenous peoples. through tracing the traditions way back to attainable and following their evolution from iteration to new release, Handbook of local American Mythology bargains a special viewpoint on local American historical past, tradition, and values. It additionally indicates how vital those traditions are to modern local American lifestyles, together with the continued fight for land rights, monetary parity, and repatriation of cultural estate. With greater than forty pictures, illustrations, and maps, here's the main complete and available creation to the mythological history of local North american citizens on hand in a single quantity.
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The Cheyenne continued to observe all that Sweet Medicine had taught them and to this day consider Devil’s Tower in Wyoming to be a sacred mountain (Stands In Timber 1998, 27–41). A MYTHOLOGICAL CHRONOLOGY The task of putting the myths and legends included in this volume into a concise chronology is beset by several obstacles. These include the fact that until around the time of European contact, the written word was virtually unknown in North America. Many groups used visual representations, painted or carved on rock, wood, or leather, that depicted series of events—wars or battles, meteorological occurrences, and other extraordinary happenings.
Spider Woman led them down the mountain to the fourth world. (Versluis 1992, 24–25). This is the one in which we live now. The four worlds comprise four separate but related time cycles, each ending with the destruction of the previous cycle. The Navajo also believe that there have been previous worlds, this being the ﬁfth. The earlier worlds were abandoned by the First People because of dissent among the inhabitants. It was in this ﬁfth world that the birds and animals became as they are today.
Another example of the melding of sacred time and space is described by anthropologist Trudy Griffin-Pierce in her study of Navajo sandpainting. The power of Navajo sandpainting is in the merging of time and space into a place where the present and the mythic past coexist, Griffin-Pierce writes. ” It is through the power of sandpainting and the associated rituals that an individual can be transported to a place where the present and the mythic world are one, a place where supernatural assistance and healing can be found (Grifﬁn-Pierce 1992, 98–99).
Handbook of Native American Mythology (World Mythology) by Dawn E Bastian