Evelyn Wolfson's American Indian Mythology PDF

By Evelyn Wolfson

ISBN-10: 0766014118

ISBN-13: 9780766014114

Lengthy prior to they have been written down, American Indian myths have been stored alive via a powerful oral culture. have you questioned how the realm used to be made? MYTHOLOGY OF the yankee INDIANS discusses this secret, in addition to different myths and legends from various tradition components all through North the USA. every one bankruptcy is through a query and solution part which covers characters, issues, and logos. knowledgeable observation part complements the myths with evaluations by means of famous students. This ebook is built from AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY to permit republication of the unique textual content into e-book, paperback, and alternate variations.

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And the god Gun [Kun] 3 are examples to be found in this collection. The Walls continue: In the classical Chinese scheme of things, then, there was no place for a “jealous” god who demanded the exclusive devotion of a chosen people in return for his help. The gods held the power to influence the seasonal cycles and the balance between wet and dry, but usually they only intervened to punish people for wicked behavior, or to relieve them from excessive suffering, and if one god acted with malice towards humankind, another god could be counted 4 on to send down a culture hero to struggle on their behalf.

The other gods avoided Gong because his fury was so intense. They watched silently as their moats, villages, and temples were destroyed, one by one. Finally, Zurong, the fire god, decided that Gong had gone too far. Zurong was irritated by the other gods’ cowardice, and he did not approve of his successor’s plans to reshape the earth into water-heavy proportions. So Zurong challenged Gong to regain control of the earth. Gong gladly met his rival in combat. As the two powerful forces wrestled each other across the firmament, the sky shook with thunder, and lightning flashed across the sky.

These early rulers were demigods, or half god and half human, who lived among the people and taught them the rules of civilization. They could change into the shapes of animals or remain in their half-god, half-animal state. Eventually, they retired to the heavens when their time on earth expired. Fushi was the first ruler of this magical period. C. However, whether he was based on a real person or not, Fushi is a beloved figure in mythology who taught survival skills to early humans. These include using fire, fishing, hunting, writing, and fortune-telling.

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