Pre-Columbian American Religions
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.
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Algonquin ancestors ancient animal Apinaye appear Arawakan Aymara Aztec believed Big House body boss spirits burial carved centre ceremony Chibcha Chichen Itza clan Classic clay coast Creator cult culture hero dance dancers dead death deities earth father festival figures fish forest goddess graves Haekel heaven honour Huiracocha hunter hunting idea idols Inca Inca empire Indians influence Iroquois jaguar Koch-Griinberg Krickeberg Lake linked living maize manioc mankind mask gods Maya medicine society Mesa Central Mesoamerica Metraux Mexican Mexico Mixtec Monte Alban moon mother mountain Muisca myth Nimuendaju northern origin peccary plants Postclassic prayer Preclassic Preuss priests primitive pyramid Quetzalcoatl rain religion religious represent rites ritual round sacred serpent shaman soul South America stelae stone supernatural supreme symbol Tarascan temple Teotihuacan Toltec Totonacs tree tribes valley Venta culture Veracruz village warriors women wooden worship Yucatan Yurupary Zuni