- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195146255
- ISBN-13: 978-0195146257
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mythology of South America
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Grade 8 Up In this overview and guide to the myths of the many tribes of South America, a distinguished folklorist introduces the scholarship behind the study of this mythology. While providing samples of the stories themselves, Bierhorst concentrates on the themes and motifs of the principal myths, the variants of them among the tribes, and on legends unique to individual tribes. He divides South America into seven regions, summarizing the great mythological themes of each. There are creation myths, stories of origins, stories about the roles of men and women and conflicts between the sexes, and stories which very frankly tell of the origins of various aspects of anatomy and sexuality. Gifford's Warriors, Gods, and Spirits from Central and South American Mythology (Schocken, 1983) tells some of the stories with introductory material for each region. The two books complement each other. Bierhorst provides a guide to the different tribal cultures and their vast folklore, while Gifford provides the stories themselves in a fuller form, covering both Central and South America in one profusely illustrated volume. Bierhorst's is an excellent book, illustrated with native artworks, for readers seriously interested in mythology or for student reports. Louise Yarian Zwick, Houston Public Library
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"One of the finest popular works in anthropology and science....The concepts are profound, yet accessible."--The New York Times Book Review
"An intriguing, complex tapestry of living folklore."--Booklist
"A well-organized, coherent overview."--Kirkus Reviews
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