Encyclopedia of World Mythology
The myriad rituals used by medicine men, shamans and elders to call upon the spirits, the customary beliefs in the powers of the gods, and the social and cultural influences behind these beliefs are all explained within this volume.
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The circumpolar peoples are hunters, fishers and reindeer herders. ... Part of this
danger is due to the fact that hunting peoples such as the Inuit rely on hunting
animals which have souls that must be propitiated by the hunter after being killed.
The mythic narrative is composed of five scenes which recount how: the primal
ancestors of the three clans came up out of the ground together; the ancestors
established a hunting/ gathering society; the three ancestors discovered a
ANIMAL MYTHS FOR MOST TRIBES, hunting animals was the main occupation
and the sole condition for survival. ... The Navaho say of the bear that he was
once a hunter or a shaman who was changed into a bear, and they tell of a land ...
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This is an old book (1970s) I inherited from my father. It's rather intense so I only refer to it when one of my 'newer' books can't answer one of my questions. My favourite sections would be the one ... Read full review