Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, William Smith Allison and Julian Hayden

in The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084674
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914568 | DOI:

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This chapter states that all of the dozen-odd accounts presented here began with a god in a dark void, the same as the first sentences of Genesis. In the text from Juan Smith and William Allison, this god is God, who soon creates the god with whom the rest of the Pima–Papago texts begin. At the moment of his first mention, this native god is either in the process of becoming a material man or has already become one, thus differing from God the Father of Christianity, who remains heavenly and spirituous. The Pima–Papago man-god will live on the earth, and his name is always given as Earth Doctor, Jewed Ma:kai. He is in all versions a completely nice person, neither bitter like Siba nor capable of anger like the Drinker.

Keywords: Genesis; Juan Smith; William Allison; God; Pima; Papago; man; Christianity; Jewed Ma:kai

Chapter.  5578 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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