The Sacred Path: Spells, Prayers, & Power Songs of the American Indians

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Morrow, 1983 - Literary Criticism - 191 pages
English translations of North and South American Indian spells, prayers, and songs traditionally used in rituals associated with birth, puberty, love, travel, sickness, weather, farming, hunting, and death

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Contents

Introduction
3
BIRTH AND INFANCY
13
Introduction to Life Iglulik Eskimo
20
Lullaby Creek
26
GROWING
31
LOVE SONGS AND LOVE MAGIC
47
Dance Song Quechua
49
Song Inca
55
Song Quechua
61
Prayer to the Sun for Quick Travel Aztec
68
Songs of the Horse Society Sioux
74
AGAINST SICKNESS AND EVIL
79
CONTROLLING THE WEATHER
95
FOR THE HUNTER
125
A Prayer of the Midwinter Hunt Zuni
138
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About the author (1983)

John Bierhorst's many books on Latin American folklore & mythology include "The Mythology of South America", "The Mythology of Norther America" & "The Mythology of Mexico & Central America". A specialist in the language & literature of the Aztecs, he is the author of a Nahuatal-English dictionary & the translator of Cantares Mexicanos. He served as editorial advisor for the Smithsonian Series of Studies in Native American Literature; editorial associate for The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces; & editorial consultant for the Encyclopedia of North American Indians. He lives in West Shokan, New York.

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