The Whore

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:
The Whore

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This chapter explores a story of a footloose woman. Beyond its general continuity with the marital theme of the previous part, there is a particular shared item to point out. The name given for the woman's second father-in-law is Cadigum. Juan Smith and William Allison thought this was the name of a bird, but they did not know which. Thin Leather gave what is undoubtedly the same name either for a village companion (co-resident, not the same family) of the father of the girl Tobacco or for a fragrant leafy green that the companion had eaten. Both references are very ambiguous; Cadigum is a hazy word and thing. The myth's serial position next to the corn myths, its sharing the obscure “Cadigum” name with a Thin Leather corn myth, and its subject matter of a woman's flight from farming give it good Pima credentials.

Keywords: Cadigum; Juan Smith; William Allison; bird; Thin Leather; village; Tobacco; corn; myth

Chapter.  3271 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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