Spirits of blood, spirits of breath: the twinned cosmos of indigenous America

"Ancient North American cultures shared long-standing philosophical precepts, the most important of which was the Twinned Cosmos of Blood and Breath, as it spun out fractally in pairs from serpent-eagle to dwarf-giant. Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath unravels this philosophical balance usin...

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Main Author: Mann, Barbara Alice 1947-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: New York Oxford University Press [2016]
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B North America / Indians / Religion
Further subjects:B Indian cosmology North America
B Indians of North America Religion
B Indians of North America Social life and customs
B Indian philosophy North America
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Summary:"Ancient North American cultures shared long-standing philosophical precepts, the most important of which was the Twinned Cosmos of Blood and Breath, as it spun out fractally in pairs from serpent-eagle to dwarf-giant. Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath unravels this philosophical balance using traditional thought"--Provided by publisher
Style, and sources, and methods--oh, my! -- "Grandfather God" and the missionaries : "totally good for nothing" -- The twinned cosmos of serpents and thunderbirds -- Sweats of the living and the dead -- Visions and dreams -- Giants and dwarfs -- Afterlife, resuscitation, and reincarnation -- The harmony way
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-339) and index
ISBN:0199997195