Feather Braided Chief and the Gambler

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:
Feather Braided Chief and the Gambler

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This chapter discusses the origin of war ceremonies. It is interesting that this origin occurs among the Hohokam. They are killed in Siuuhu's war, but in some sense also invented the practice. The chapter establishes that there has been neither warfare nor war ceremony in the mythology so far, that is, in the first nine stories. It defines that war is the intentional, face-to-face, bloodletting killing of a male by a male. Thus, war is men killing men and being purified afterward. There is one killing complete with purification in the text of Juan Smith and William Allison, plus another in a text that the chapter includes as a supplement to the Smith–Allison story. This time the supplement is from the Papagos, from a narrator named Sivariano Garcia.

Keywords: war; Hohokam; Siuuhu; warfare; mythology; killing; purification; Juan Smith; William Allison; Sivariano Garcia

Chapter.  7412 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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