Creation Myths of Primitive America

Creation Myths of Primitive America

... Creation Myths of Primitive America Introduction THE creation myths of
America form a complete system; they give a detailed and circumstantial account
of the origin of this world and of all things and creatures contained in it. In the
course of ...

Author: Jeremiah Curtin

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 9783849644543

Category: Religion

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Mr. Jeremiah Curtin's book was his first on the unwritten mental productions of primitive America. It contains twenty long myths taken down word for word by him from Indians who knew no religion nor language save their own, and the chief of whom had not seen a white man until years of maturity. These myths are all of remarkable beauty and exceptional value; among the more noteworthy is "Olelbis," containing an account of the creation of the heavenly house in the Central Blue, the highest point in the sky above us. In this mythis described also the great World Fire which was extinguished by a flood; and next a reconstruction of the face of the earth, which gave the form existing at present. In addition to their intrinsic beauty, these masterpieces of the primitive human mind in America antedate by many ages the earliest forms of thought represented to us in the records of Egypt and Assyria, hence their value may be easily inferred; they explain to us things which had become unintelligible to the priests of Egypt and Assyria in the religious systems which they themselves taught and studied. The volume contains an elaborate introduction and all necessary notes
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Creation Myths of Primitive America In relation to the Religious History and Mental Development of Mankind

Creation Myths of Primitive America In relation to the Religious History and Mental Development of Mankind

ÊThe American creation myths, as far as we know them, form simply a series of accounts of the conflicts, happenings, and various methods by which the first world was changed into the world now existing.

Author: Jeremiah Curtin

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 9781465604354

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ÊThe American creation myths, as far as we know them, form simply a series of accounts of the conflicts, happenings, and various methods by which the first world was changed into the world now existing. This change was effected in various ways. In the myths of certain tribes or nations, it is mainly by struggles between hostile personages. One god of great power and character overcomes a vast number of opponents, and changes each into some beast, bird, plant, or insect; but always the resultant beast or other creature corresponds in some power of mind or in some leading quality of character with the god from whose position it has fallen. In certain single cases opponents are closely matched, they are nearly equal in combat; the struggle between them is long, uncertain, and difficult. At last, when one side is triumphant, the victor says, ÒHereafter you will be nothing but a ÑÑÓ; and he tells what the vanquished is to be. But at this point the vanquished turns on the victor and sends his retort like a Parthian arrow, ÒYou will be nothing but a ÑÑÓ; and he declares what his enemy is to be. The metamorphosis takes place immediately on both sides, and each departs in the form which the enemy seemed to impose, but which really belonged to him. There are cases in which the hero transforms numerous and mighty enemies indirectly through a special wish which he possesses. For example, a certain myth hero brings it about that a large company of the first people are invited to a feast, and while all are eating with great relish he slips out unnoted, walks around the house, and utters, as he goes, the magic formula: ÒI wish the walls of this house to be flint, the roof also.Ó Next moment the whole house is flint-walled, the roof is flint also. After that he says, ÒI wish this house to be red-hot.Ó It is red-hot immediately. His enemies inside are in a dreadful predicament; they rush about wildly, they roar, they look for an opening; there is none, they see no escape, they find no issue. Their heads burst from heat. Out of one head springs an owl, and flies away through the smoke-hole; out of another a buzzard, which escapes through the same place; out of the third comes a hawk, which follows the other two; out of a fourth some other bird. Thus the action continues till every head in the flint house bursts open and lets out its occupant. All fly away, and thus the whole company is metamorphosed. Each turns into that which his qualities called for, which his nature demanded; he becomes outwardly and visibly that which before he had been internally and in secret.
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Creation Myths of America

Creation Myths of America

The treasure saved to science by the primitive race of America is unique in value
and high significance. The first result from it is to carry us back through untold
centuries to that epoch when man made the earliest collective and consistent ...

Author: Jeremiah Curtin

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ISBN: UCSC:32106014565847

Category: Creation

Page: 530

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Archives internationales d ethnographie

Archives internationales d ethnographie

Journal of American Folk - Lore , Boston and New York 1906 . Myths of the ...
CATlin , Illustrations of the manners , costums and condition of the North -
American Indians . London 1876 . ... CURTIN , Creation Myths of primitive
America . Boston ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822041504713

Category: Archaeology

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The Mythology of North America

The Mythology of North America

Page 103 / Piman creation story : Underhill 1946 , 8 & 135 ; Bahr , 31 ; ARBAE 26
( 1908 ) , 206 ; Densmore 1929 , 17 . ... Page 105 / Luiseño creation : Kroeber
1925 , 677 : JAF 19 ( 1906 ) , 52 . ... Creation Myths of Primitive America . Boston
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Author: John Bierhorst

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: IND:30000092924616

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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The growing economic and political influence of Native American tribes has brought religious issues, once little noted, increasingly to the fore. Timeless in their basic structures, the continent's principal myths are now emerging as sacred histories that have contemporary significance. In this wide-ranging volume, John Bierhorst carefully delineates eleven mythological regions--from the Arctic to the Southwest and from California to the East Coast--presenting the gods, heroes, and primary myths of each area. First published in 1985, this indispensable guide has been updated to reflect the latest scholarship in Native studies. In a new Afterword, Bierhorst describes the recent impact of ancient myths in the arena of American Indian affairs and shows how Native Americans have successfully used mythology as oral evidence to reclaim land rights and to repatriate grave goods. Citing specific cases, he shows how new legislation and changing attitudes "have provided a basis for bringing myth to the negotiating table and into the courtroom." Detailed maps show tribal locations and the distribution of key stories. Indian artworks illustrate the texts and samples of differing narrative styles add enrichment, as some of the world's purest and most powerful myths are made more accessible--and more meaningful--than ever before.
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Proceedings

Proceedings

In seinen » Creation Myths of Primitive America , 2 ) bringt Jeremiah Curtin eine -
übrigens in einigen , allerdings starken Varianten bei Boas wiederkehrende
Mythe der Wintu am Sacramento , in welcher der Feuergott , hauptsächlich als ...

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ISBN: UCBK:C041829562

Category: America

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Educational Review

Educational Review

Our festivals and games at Easter are probably in their origin rites pertaining to
the goddess Ostara . ... In the myths of primitive America the methods of primitive
thought are perhaps better illustrated than in the myths of other countries .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105006571355

Category: Education

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Journal of the Folklore Institute

Journal of the Folklore Institute

He speculates on comparative mythology in his introductions to Myths and Folk -
Lore of Ireland , Myths and Folk - Tales of the Russians , Western Slavs , and
Magyars , and Creation Myths of Primitive America , and occasionally within his ...

Author: Indiana University. Folklore Institute

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ISBN: IND:30000116753827

Category: Folklore

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American Studies International

American Studies International

Among the most interesting cultural studies of Navajo ceremonies is Katharine
Spencer ' s Mythology and Values , which analyzes ... Jeremiah Curtin ' s
Creation Myths of Primitive America is primarily devoted to those of the California
tribes .

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ISBN: IND:30000117862049

Category: Educational exchange

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The University of Colorado Studies

The University of Colorado Studies

Our festivals and games at Easter are probably in their origin rites pertaining to
the goddess Ostara . Christianity was ... Curtin 3 divides the myths of primitive
America into two groups , creation myths and action myths . According to the first
 ...

Author: University of Colorado, Boulder

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ISBN: UCBK:C035324093

Category: Scholarly publishing

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The Cambridge History of American Literature

The Cambridge History of American Literature

Burton , F. R. American Primitive Music , with Special Reference to the Songs of
the Ojibway . 1909 . ... Article Indians , North American , in Encyclopædia
Britannica , 11th ed . , 1910 . Cronyn ... Curtin , J. Creation Myths of Primitive
America .

Author: William Peterfield Trent

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ISBN: NYPL:33433105233427

Category: American literature

Page: 678

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Categories: American literature

Pre Columbian American Religions

Pre Columbian American Religions

Curtin , Jeremiah Creation Myths of Primitive America . London and Edinburgh
1899 . Cushing , Frank Hamilton Outlines of Zuñi Creation Myths . 13th Annual
Report of the Bureau of Ethnology 1891 - 1892 , Washington 1896 , 321 - 447 .

Author: Walter Krickeberg

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ISBN: UOM:39015054020238

Category: Indian mythology

Page: 365

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Four readable essays by two archaeologists and two social anthropologists summarize knowledge gained from written sources, archaeological finds, and studies of present-day inhabitants concerning the pre-Columbian religions of Mesoamerica, South Central American and Andean civilizations, North America except for the Arctic, and primitive South America and the West Indies.
Categories: Indian mythology

University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology

University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology

97 J . Curtin , Creation Myths of Primitive America . The precise provenience of
tales is not mentioned . 88 Dixon , Maidu Myths , as cited . 89 Barrett , A
Composite Myth of the Pomo Indians , JAFL , 19 : 37 – 51 ; Loeb , Creator
Concept , as ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015061287549

Category: America

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The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal

The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal

CREATION MYTHS OF PRIMITIVE AMERICA - In Relation to the Religious
History and Mental Development of Mankind . By Jeremiah Curtin , author of “
Myths and Foik - Lore of Ireland , ” eic . Boston : Little , Brown & Co . , 1898 , The
book by ...

Author: Stephen Denison Peet

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89058371717

Category: America

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The Mythology of All Races Alexander H B North American

The Mythology of All Races  Alexander  H B  North American

... HUBERT Howe , The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America , iii , “
Myths and Languages ” ; also , “ Authorities Quoted , ” i , for bibliography . New
York , 1875 . Curtin , JEREMIAH , ( a ) , Creation Myths of Primitive America .

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ISBN: UOM:39015007196861

Category: Mythology

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The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal

The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal

CREATION MYTHS OF PRIMITIVE AMERICA - In Relation to the Religious
History and Mental Development of Mankind . By Jeremiah Curtin , author of "
Myths and Foik - Lore of Ireland , " etc. Boston : Little , Brown & Co. , 1898 , The
book by ...

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ISBN: CHI:74885479

Category: Archaeology

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American Poetry

American Poetry

lines of Zuñi Creation Myths , ” Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of
American Ethnology , 1896 . ... Songs of Spirits ( Wintun ) : Jeremiah Curtin ,
Creation Myths of Primitive America in Relation to the Religious History and
Mental ...

Author: Library of America

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ISBN: 094045078X

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