By Evelyn Wolfson
Lengthy ahead of they have been written down, American Indian myths have been stored alive via a powerful oral culture. have you puzzled how the area used to be made? MYTHOLOGY OF the yank INDIANS discusses this secret, besides different myths and legends from diverse tradition parts all through North the US. each one bankruptcy is via a question and solution part which covers characters, subject matters, and logos. knowledgeable observation part complements the myths with critiques through famous students. This publication is built from AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY to permit republication of the unique textual content into publication, paperback, and alternate variants.
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Gong showed no mercy as thousands of people and animals perished on the soggy, bloated earth. The other gods avoided Gong because his fury was so intense. They watched silently as their moats, villages, and temples were destroyed, one by one. Finally, Zurong, the fire god, decided that Gong had gone too far. Zurong was irritated by the other gods’ cowardice, and he did not approve of his successor’s plans to reshape the earth into water-heavy proportions. So Zurong challenged Gong to regain control of the earth.
On the contrary, he brings rain and guards the lakes and waterways. He is a composite creature with the horns of a deer, the ears of a cow, the eyes of a lobster, the head of a camel, the whiskers of a cat, the body of a snake, the belly of a frog, the scales of a carp, the talons of an eagle, and the paws of a tiger. Dragons love to make vibrations in the sky by rolling huge pearls, creating thunder. Lesser dragons are used as riding steeds by the gods of heaven. The ruling king in this story is the Yellow Emperor, a good leader who struggled with the mighty rivers that flooded the country each year.
Q: A: What did Yu do with the different tribes that he met? Q: A: Why were people not afraid of Yu’s appearance? Zurong the fire god was sent by the Yellow Emperor to check on his grandson Kun’s body, which lay frozen in the ice. When Zurong hacked open the ice in which Kun’s body was buried he accidentally split Kun’s body in two. A huge dragon emerged, which became Yu the Great. First, he sent gods to measure the earth. Then he tried to figure out the natural course of the rivers so he would not have to fight against their natural routes to the sea.
American Indian Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson