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The mythology of Mexico and Central America

Author: John Bierhorst
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses the mythology from Indians of various regions of Mexico and Central America, describing origins, comparing the similar tales, and presenting some of the myths themselves.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bierhorst
ISBN: 0688067212 9780688067212
OCLC Number: 21336567
Description: xiv, 239 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The storytellers : Central Mexico ; Oaxaca ; Southern Mesoamerica ; Northwest Mexico ; Lower Central America --
pt. 2. The basic myths : Beginnings : The emergence of ancestors (Aztec) ; The man of crops (Jicaque) ; Why the earth eats the dead (Bribri) ; Opossum steals fire (Mazatec) --
Destructions and new beginnings : The loss of the ancients (Tarahumara) ; The flood myth (Mixe) ; The seeds of humanity (Guaymí) ; The tree and the flood (Cabécar) --
The quest for corn : The hidden corn (Mopan) ; Corn woman's marriage (Cora) ; The grasshoppers and the corn (Pipil). Sun myths : The sun and the fire (Huichol) ; How the sun was named (Yaqui) ; The childhood of Sun and Moon (Chatino) ; Sun and his brothers (Tzotzil) ; The courtship of Sun and Moon (Kekchi) --
Journeys to the other world : Thunder's apprentice (Mam) ; The dead wife (Mískito) ; The buzzard husband (Tzutujil) ; The visit to the animal master (Chinantec) --
pt. 3. Building mythologies : Myths in sequence ; Gods and the ordering of space ; Adventures of the hero ; Writing history ; Myths and nationalism.
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Discusses the mythology from Indians of various regions of Mexico and Central America, describing origins, comparing the similar tales, and presenting some of the myths themselves.

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