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Myths And Legends Of California And The Old Southwest

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"...The preparation of a volume of the quainter, purer myths, suitable for general reading, authentic, and with illustrations of the country portrayed, but with no pretensions to being a purely scientific piece of work.... This volume is intended for popular use." As with most mythologies or religions, these stories tell how the world came to be, how places and peoples got their names, how social customs and mores developed, adventures of the ancestors or gods, and much, much more.

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MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF CALIFORNIA AND THE OLD SOUTHWEST

By Various

Compiled and Edited by Katharine Berry Judson

Author of "Myths and Legends of Alaska", "Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest", and "Montana."

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Preface

In the beginning of the New making, the ancient fathers lived successively in four caves in the Four fold containing earth. The first was of sooty blackness, black as a chimney at night time; the second, dark as the night in the stormy season; the third, like a valley in starlight; the fourth, with a light like the dawning. Then they came up in the night shine into the World of Knowing and Seeing.

So runs the Zuni myth, and it typifies well the mental development, insight, and beauty of speech of the Indian tribes along the Pacific Coast, from those of Alaska in the far away Northland, with half of life spent in actual darkness and more than half in the struggle for existence against the cold and the storms loosed by fatal curiosity from the bear's bag of bitter, icy winds, to the exquisite imagery of the Zunis and other desert tribes, on their sunny plains in the Southland... Continue reading book >>


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