Siuuhu's Death and Resurrection

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:
Siuuhu's Death and Resurrection

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This chapter shows that the version from Juan Smith and William Allison of Siuuhu's death is generally Christian and specifically like the neo-orthodox Protestantism of Reinhold Niebuhr. Prior to his death, Smith and Allison's Siuuhu acts more like the Old Testament God than the New Testament Jesus. Thus, on the Old Testament analogy, the Hohokams' interrogation of Siuuhu equates with humanity's fall from grace in Eden. The Hohokam interrogation is humanity's first, and also fatal, disobedience to God. All the sin that one has seen heretofore in the mythology was done in innocence of this one Great Sin. In effect, Thin Leather, Dolores, and most other Pima–Papago narrators humanize Siuuhu at this point in their mythologies, while Smith and Allison deify him.

Keywords: Juan Smith; William Allison; Siuuhu; death; Protestantism; Reinhold Niebuhr; Old Testament; God; Hohokam

Chapter.  5934 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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