American Indian Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson

By Evelyn Wolfson

Lengthy sooner than they have been written down, American Indian myths have been saved alive by way of a powerful oral culture. have you puzzled how the area used to be made? MYTHOLOGY OF the yank INDIANS discusses this secret, in addition to different myths and legends from assorted tradition components all through North the USA. every one bankruptcy is by way of a query and resolution part which covers characters, issues, and emblems. knowledgeable remark part complements the myths with critiques through famous students. This ebook is built from AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY to permit republication of the unique textual content into booklet, paperback, and exchange versions.

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These include using fire, fishing, hunting, writing, and fortune-telling. In some stories, Fushi is described as having the body of a human. In other stories, he has the head of a human and the body of a snake. In many stories he is the husband of Nuwa, and together they are the bearers of civilization. In the story, Fushi introduces the trigrams, which are patterns made with short and long sticks. People threw down six sticks and then interpreted the patterns they formed. C. Today, the collected trigrams are known as the I Ching [ee jihng], or The Book of Changes.

Kun also built dams to 53 Chinese Mythology control the flooding of the country’s unpredictable rivers. Unfortunately, the dams often burst and reflooded the land. When the emperor found out about the theft, he was furious and sent Zurong the fire god, now the chief executioner, to track down and kill his grandson Kun. Zurong chased Kun to the ice glaciers of the arctic and struck him dead with a flaming sword. Kun’s body lay trapped and frozen in the ice. 54 YU REBUILDS THE E ARTH Three years later, the Yellow Emperor sent Zurong the fire god to check on his grandson Kun’s body.

To entice the people to come out, Fushi twirled together two willow sticks to start a fire. He showed the humans how cooked meat and fish were more digestible and tempting than raw meat and fish. The people soon discovered that fire could also keep 34 Fushi Teaches the People them safe and snug throughout the chilly nights. Ferocious animals feared its licking flames, and biting insects avoided its sooty smoke. In the spring, Fushi shaped young branches over an open fire, then cooled them into curvy bows.

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