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Nagualism A Study in Native American Folk-lore and History   By: (1837-1899)

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Nagualism: A Study in Native American Folklore and History by Daniel Garrison Brinton is a comprehensive exploration of an ancient spiritual practice deeply embedded in Native American culture. Brinton, an eminent 19th-century anthropologist, delves into the mystical world of Nagualism, shedding light on its intricacies and unveiling its significance within several indigenous tribes.

In this thought-provoking book, Brinton draws upon an impressive array of primary and secondary sources to weave together a compelling narrative that examines the origins, beliefs, and practices of Nagualism. He deftly combines historical accounts, mythologies, and cultural artifacts to present a thorough analysis of this intricate spiritual system.

One of the book's strengths lies in its meticulous attention to detail. Brinton takes great care to provide readers with a well-rounded understanding of Nagualism's various aspects, delving into topics such as shapeshifting, animal spirits, and the role of the Nagual within the community. Through his insightful analysis, the author showcases the deep connection between native folklore and the spiritual beliefs that underpin Nagualism.

Brinton's writing style is both engaging and scholarly, ensuring that the book appeals to both academic readers and those with a general interest in Native American traditions. Despite the complex nature of the subject matter, he succeeds in presenting the information in a manner that is accessible and captivating, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Nagualism.

Moreover, the book serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Native American history and cultural heritage. Brinton's meticulous research and documentation provide a solid foundation for further exploration, making it an indispensable reference for scholars and enthusiasts alike.

While Nagualism: A Study in Native American Folklore and History is undoubtedly a seminal work in its field, it is worth noting that it was written during a different era of anthropological study. As with any book of its kind, some of the theories and interpretations presented may be subject to debate or revision in light of more recent research. However, Brinton's contribution to our understanding of Nagualism cannot be underestimated, and this book remains an essential text for anyone interested in indigenous spiritual practices.

In conclusion, Nagualism: A Study in Native American Folklore and History is an impressive study that illuminates the tapestry of Nagualism, shedding light on a spiritual tradition deeply embedded within Native American culture. Through his extensive research and thoughtful analysis, Daniel Garrison Brinton unravels the intricate threads of this ancient practice with precision and clarity, leaving readers with a profound appreciation for the richness of Native American folklore and history.

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Transcriber's Note:

A number of typographical errors and inconsistencies have been maintained in this version of this book. Typographical errors have been marked with a [TN ], which refers to a description in the complete list found at the end of the text. A list of words that have been inconsistently spelled or hyphenated is found at the end of the present text. Oe ligatures have been expanded.

The following codes are used for characters that are not present in the character set used for this version of the book.

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Native American Folk lore and History.



Professor of American Arch├Žology and Linguistics in the University of Pennsylvania.


Nagualism. A Study in Native American Folk lore and History.

By Daniel G. Brinton, M.D.

( Read before the American Philosophical Society, Jan'y 5, 1894... Continue reading book >>

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