An introduction to the navajo tradition and whirling logs sandpainting

South American Indian mythology is presently far more complete than that of the North American Indians, for down here many tribes still survive in their pristine state, and have not yet been acculturated or eliminated by the missionaries and other white influences.

They are, however, only a part of the Navajo universal scheme. We see in those falls the explosive eruption of the twin volcanoes which destroyed Atlantis, one at its start, the other one at its end.

The Navajo Four Sacred Colors

In all cases the function of these Twins was ridding the world of monsters and pests, including diseases and vermin. The Twins are also worshipped by the other South American Indians, who call them by equivalent names. At first one simply saw the more common Yei figures, occasionally a corn plant would be added.

In fact, such is usually the case with most such traditions everywhere.

Legends in Sand: The Evolution of the Modern Navajo Sandpainting

This they give to their mother, Changing Woman, in order to make her young again. All their arts are combined in the rituals: So, if they were easy to pierce, they would be no Mysteries, and would require no Initiation at all. Can you think of another sacred seven that is not purely conventional in origin?

South American Indian mythology is presently far more complete than that of the North American Indians, for down here many tribes still survive in their pristine state, and have not yet been acculturated by the missionaries and other white influences. Even before the Portuguese arrived here, they knew their world was doomed.

This happens even today, when the local volcanoes, including the Krakatoa itself, erupt explosively, spewing out cinders and volcanic bombs composed of pumice-stone which forms enormous banks that hamper navigation in the local seas. Often, they are also to apply sand. It is the Pacari-tambu of the Incas, and the Cave of Illusion so masterfully described in the Ramayana.

The Twins of the Navajos are armed with the thunderbolt likewise dualjust as are Zeus and Poseidon the Thunderbolt and the Trident or Indra and Shiva idem.

Anyone who angers any of these forces — an easy thing to do — creates disharmony and risks any one of several physical or mortal ills. They represent, as shown in Fig. We also have the words of earlier scholars and researchers who wrote about what they learned from talking to medicine men of their time.

Moreover, they closely correspond to similar vase decorations found elsewhere in the Americas and, indeed, all over the world, as we illustrate in detail elsewhere.The Evolution of the Modern Navajo Sandpainting Introduction In this brief paper we will examine the Navajo sandpainting as a religious item and as an art item.

The Holy People being summoned will arrive and infuse the sand painting with their healing power. This dispels the evil and restores the balance.

He wove a "Whirling Logs. by the Society of Myth and Tradition, New York City), “Whirling Logs and Coloured Sands.” In Native Religious Traditions. Edited by Earle Waugh and R. Prithipaul.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfried Laurier Press,pp. “Navajo Sandpainting.” Heard Museum. In other words, what the Whirling Mountain of the Navajo Indians indeed represents is Mt.

Atlas, the Pillar of the World. And this "pillar", the Pillar of Heaven, is, as we just said, the same as the Pillar of Fire and Smoke topping Mt. Sinai during the Exodus. As we commented above, the Navajo hogans imitate the Whirling Mountain itself, which they also call Hogan, that is, “Volcano”, as we just saw.

Another curious etym is the one of “buccaneer”, derived from the French boucan, meaning a type of oven or fireplace for smoking meat and preparing barbecue.

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