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The Emergence and the Present World

Jerrold E. Levy

in In the Beginning

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211285
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520211285.003.0004
The Emergence and the Present World

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The various myths that follow the immediate postemergence events do not follow any particular order and are not included by all narrators. This chapter examines those episodes that are salient in all versions: the coming of Changing Woman, the birth of the Twins, the slaying of the monsters, the creation of the Navajos, and Changing Woman's departure. It uses Sandoval's narration on the presumption that, because he was not a ceremonialist, he was uninfluenced by the perspective of any particular ceremonial point of view. For example, his depiction of Coyote is difficult to place in any ceremonial tradition.

Keywords: post-emergence; creation myth; Changing Woman; Coyote; Navajos

Chapter.  8943 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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