The Mythology of South America with a new afterword

The Mythology of South America with a new afterword

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Bierhorst traces the principle myths from tribe to tribe in seven carefully mapped regions of South America. This book includes samples from mythological stories and some chapters are devoted to special topics such as myth and politics. Bierhorst introduces readers to the female creators of the northern Andes, the male gods of the Ancient Incas, and the shameless tricksters Sun and Moon. The book includes notes, a pronunciation guide, index, maps, and photos. The new afterword focuses on the durability of Indian mythology and the abundant material increasingly available since the mid 80s. Bierhorst offers new information on previously obscure tribes on the mythological map.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 162 x 243 x 25mm | 625g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous halftones, line drawings and maps
  • 0195146247
  • 9780195146240

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A well-organized, coherent overview. * Kirkus Reviews * An intriguing, complex tapestry of living folklore. * Booklist * One of the finest popular works in anthropology and science....The concepts are profound, yet accessible. * The New York Times Book Review *show more

About John Bierhorst

John Bierhorst is the author, editor or translator of more than 40 books on American Indian myths, tales and poetry, for adults and children. Six of his books have been ALA Notable Books. Bierhorst has received positive blurbs from the NYTBR, Kirkus and Library Journal for the original Morrow edition. He is the editorial advisor for the Smithsonian Series of Studies in Native American literatures. editorial associate for The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Expanded Edition, and editorial consultant for Encyclopedia of North American Indians.show more

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