American Hero-myths: A Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent

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H.C. Watts & Company, 1882 - Heroes - 235 pages
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First published in 1882, this volume contains a study of native religions of the western continent, including American hero-myths.

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Page 29 - The most important of all things to life is Light. This the primitive savage felt, and, personifying it, he made Light his chief god. The beginning of the day served, by analogy, for the beginning of the world. Light comes before the sun — brings it forth, creates it, as it were. Hence, the Light-God is not the Sun-God, but his antecedent and creator.
Page 47 - It began on the mountains. The West was forced to give ground. Manabozho drove him across rivers and over mountains and lakes, and at last he came to the brink of this world. ' Hold,' cried he, ' my son, you know my power, and that it is impossible to kill me.
Page 139 - And we have always held that those who descended from him would come to subjugate this country and us, as his vassals; and according to the direction from which you say you come, which is where the sun rises, and from what you tell us of your great lord, or king, who has sent you here, we believe, and hold for certain, that he is our rightful sovereign, especially as you tell us that since many days he has had news of us.
Page 27 - The myth is that of the national hero, their mythical civilizer and teacher of the tribe, who, at the same time, was often identified with the supreme deity and the creator of the world. It is the fundamental myth of a very large number of American tribes, and on its recognition and interpretation depends the correct understanding of most of their mythology and religious life. " The outlines of the legend are to the effect that in some exceedingly remote time this divinity took an active part in...
Page 27 - The native tribes of this continent had many myths, and among them there was one which was so prominent and recurred with such strangely similar features in localities widely asunder, that it has for years attracted my attention, and I have been led to present it as it occurs among nations far apart, both geographically and in point of culture.
Page 232 - A people is but the attempt of many To rise to the completer life of one ; And those who live as models for the mass Are singly of more value than they all.
Page 188 - Preguntando a los indios comarcanos quién hizo aquella antigualla, responden que otras gentes barbadas y blancas como nosotros; los cuales, muchos tiempos antes que los ingas reinasen, dicen que vinieron a estas partes y hicieron allí su morada.
Page 155 - Al pié de aquella mesma torre estaba un cercado de piedra y cal , muy bien lucido y almenado , en medio del cual había una cruz de cal tan alta como diez palmos...
Page 207 - Christianity," as the same writer declares,' " has shown itself incapable of controlling its inevitable adjuncts ; and it would have been better, morally and socially, for the American race never to have known Christianity at all than to have received it on the only terms on which it has been possible to offer it.
Page 165 - A statue of a sleeping god holding a vase was disinterred by Dr. Le Plongeon at Chichen Itza, and it is too entirely similar to others found at Tlaxcala and near the City of Mexico for us to doubt but that they represented the same divinity." Bandelier mentions a fourth, found in the State of Puebla. Are these several statues the work of one people having the same cult, or shall we attribute the statue found in Yucatan to the Mayas and the others to the Aztecs or allied tribes ? By assuming that...

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