By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
This remarkable assortment gathers a hundred and sixty stories from eighty tribal gathers to provide a wealthy and energetic landscape of the local American mythic history. From all around the continent come stories of production and love, of heroes and warfare, of animals, tricksters, and the top of the area. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and grasp storyteller, Indian voices within the top folkloric assets of the 19th century to make this the main accomplished and real quantity of yank Indian myths on hand anywhere.
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Herodotus says more about religious architecture and rituals than about mythology. ”78 He does not relate the full Osiris myth because he saw it as comparable to the Greek Mystery cults, which devotees had to vow to keep secret. Herodotus does outline some brief myths to explain curious features of buildings or statues, such as why the temple grounds at Buto contained a ﬂoating island or why Amun could be shown with a ram’s head. These are not unlike the kinds of tales told to gullible tourists by unofﬁcial Egyptian guides at the monuments today.
The inscription was damaged when the Theology is similar to accounts stela was reused as a grindstone. 74 Among the texts inscribed on this papyrus are rituals designed to attack the enemies of the king, the state, and the cosmos and render them harmless. The Book of Knowing the Transformations of the Sun and of Overthrowing Apophis gives instructions on making models and drawings of enemies and destroying them by methods such as stabbing, trampling, burning, and burying. These sections are prefaced by speeches from the creator god describing the creation of life and the establishment of the divine order.
At the height of the Twelfth Dynasty, the power and inﬂuence of the provincial elites had been suppressed by the crown. This seems to have been one of the factors that led to a decline in the use of the Cofﬁn Texts. By the Thirteenth Dynasty royal authority was also in decline, and this may have led to greater freedom of expression in religious art and literature. Images of deities started to be shown on votive objects dedicated by nonroyal people, particularly in the holy city of Abydos. 39 It was around this time that an ancient royal tomb at Abydos was reidentiﬁed as the burial place of Osiris.
American Indian Myths and Legends (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library) by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz