The Mythology of South America
More than any other continent, South America "has preserved the conditions that allow mythology to be freely produced." Dividing the continent into seven carefully mapped regions, John Bierhorst shows how South America's principal myths can be traced from tribe to tribe and how each region has developed its own unique oral tradition. Generous samples from the stories themselves introduce the female creators of the northern Andes, the male gods of the ancient Incas, and the Brazilian tricksters Sun and Moon. Originally published in 1988, Bierhorst has updated the text to reflect the abundance of new information that has become available since the mid 80s and written a new Afterward in which he emphasizes the durability of Indian mythology. Illustrations of native artwork and chapters devoted to special topics--including the connections between myths and politics--help to provide a well-rounded overview of this fascinating and little-known lore. Detailed maps show tribal locations and the distribution of key stories and samples of differing narrative styles add enrichment, as some of the world's purest and most powerful myths are made more accessible--and more meaningful--than ever before.
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Aguaruna America ancestors ancient Andean animals Apinaye Barasana Bird Nester Bororo Brazil Brazilian Highlands bride brothers called Canela Carancho Carib Cayapo Central ceremony Chorote chullpa climbed creation Creator Cubeo culture hero Cuzco darkness daughter deity earth father fire fish Flood FLSAI forest giants gourd Gran Chaco Greater Brazil Guaranf Guiana HSAI human hunters hunting husband Inca Indian Inkarri jaguar kill Koniraya Kuwai live lore manioc masks Mataco Metraux Mochica mother motif Muisca Mundurucu mythology night Nimuendaju Northwest Amazon Nunkwi origin Parrot Peru Puldwi Quechua region Selknam shaman Shavante Shipaya Shuar South American spirit Star Woman story storyteller Sun and Moon Tacana tale types Taulipang Tehuelche tell threw Toba Tokwah told tradition tree tribes trickster Tsunki Twin Myth Ufaina variant village Villas Boas Waiwai Warrau wife Wirakocha Witoto women Yamana Yanomamo Yaruro Yekuana Yodloh Yupa Yurupari