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The Sacred path : spells, prayers & power songs of the American Indians

Author: John Bierhorst
Publisher: New York : Quill, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Quill edView all editions and formats
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English translations of North and South American Indian spells, prayers, and songs traditionally used in rituals associated with birth, puberty, love, travel, sickness, weather, farming, hunting, and death.
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bierhorst
ISBN: 0688026478 9780688026479 0688016995 9780688016999
OCLC Number: 10020978
Description: 191 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Birth and infancy --
Mother's prayer for a girl / Navajo --
Magic spell for a difficult birth / Arekuna --
Song to the child / West Greenland Eskimo --
Song to a son / Kwakiutl --
Prayer of a man to twin children / Kwakiutl --
Prayer of the midwife to the goddess of water / Aztec --
Introduction to life / Iglulik Eskimo --
Woman's prayer to the sun, for a newborn girl / Hopi --
When the child is named / Tewa --
Lullaby / Kiowa --
Cradlesong / Mbya --
Cradlesong for Ahuitzotl / Aztec --
Lullaby / Creek --
Words to a sick child / Iglulik Eskimo --
II. Growing up --
Prayer of the youngest daughter, with an offering of crumbs / Zuni --
Prayer of an old man at a young man's change of name / Arapaho --
Prayer / Sioux --
Young man's prayer to the spirits / Crow --
For young men growing up, to help themselves / Cherokee --
A prayer of the girls' puberty ceremony / Jicarilla Apache --
A song of the girls' puberty ceremony / White Mountain Apache --
A song of the girls' puberty ceremony / Mescalero Apache --
Prayer / Paviotso --
From a prayer summoning the novice for his initiaion / Zuni --
From a prayer for the novice at the close of his initiation / Zuni --
Initiation songs / Chippewa --
III. Love songs and love magic --
The dream / Ammassalik Eskimo --
Magic spell for finding a woman / Aztec --
Dance song / Quechua --
Woman's prayer / Anambe --
Man's song / Chippewa --
Magic spell to turn a woman's heart / Arekuna --
To fix the affections / Cherokee --
For putting a woman's family to sleep / Cherokee --
Song / Inca --
Keeping a fly / Quechua --
Man's song / Kwakiutl --
Woman's song / Chippewa --
Clear river / Quechua --
Song / Quechua --
IV. For the traveler --
Life song / Flathead --
Traveler's prayer, with an offering of copal / Kekchi Maya --
Prayer to the sun, for quick travel / Aztec --
To make the road seem short / Cherokee --
Prayer for safe passage through enemy country / Zuni --
Salt pilgrimage / Papago --
Songs of the horse society / Sioux --
It starts toward me / Navajo --
V. Against sickness and evil --
To blow away a headache / Uitoto --
For chest pain / Aztec --
To cure epilepsy / Tzotzil Maya --
From a prayer of the shooting chant / Navajo --
Confession of sin / Aztec --
Prayer to the migratory birds / Kwakiutl --
Magic words to the gull / Netsilik Eskimo --
A song of the coyoteway / Navajo --
Dream songs / Modoc --
Medicine man's prayer / Blackfeet --
I am the medicine / Mazatec --
Medicine songs / Sioux --
Morning prayer to the creator / Mbya --
VI. Controlling the weather --
To quiet a raging storm / Copper Eskimo --
Magic spell for an approaching storm / Arekuna --
This is to frighten a storm / Cherokee --
Girl's prayer to thunder during a storm / Blackfeet --
Song for smooth waters / Haida --
Boatman's prayer for smooth waters / Kwakiutl --
Prayer for smooth waters / Yahgan --
Song / Nootka --
Weather incantation / Iglulik Eskimo --
Song for calling rain / Kwakiutl --
Thunder song / Navajo --
Special request for the children of mother corn / Zuni --
VII. Planting and gathering --
Song / Cagaba --
Prayer before felling to clear a cornfield / Kekchi Maya --
Prayer / Arikara --
A song of the corn dance / Papago --
Songs of the corn dance / Seneca --
To keep animals out of the cornfield / Aztec --
Harvester's prayer, with an offering of copal / Kekchi Maya --
Prayer to the corn mothers / Tewa --
Prayer before eating / Arapaho --
Prayer before the first meal in a new summer camp / Modoc --
Prayer to the sun / Havasupai --
VIII. For the hunter --
Offering to deceased hunters / Zuni --
A song of the buffalo dance / Pawnee --
A song of the buffalo dance / Sioux --
A song of the buffalo dance / Omaha --
Prayer to the black bear / Kwakiutl --
Words to call up game / Iglulik Eskimo --
Prayer to the whale / Nootka --
For subduing a walrus / Ammassalik Eskimo --
Eagle song / Papago --
Prayer before killing an eagle / Yokuts --
Before butchering the deer / Papago --
Prayer to a dead buck / Navajo --
A prayer of the midwinter hunt / Zuni --
IX. For the dying and the dead --
Song / Tlingit --
Chief's song / Tsimshian --
Song of farewell to the deceased / Quechua --
Crazy-dog prayer / Crow --
Crazy-dog song / Kiowa --
A widow's lament / Aztec --
Song of a ghost / Wintu --
Song of two ghosts / Omaha --
Prayer to the ghost / Winnebago --
Prayer to the deceased / Aztec --
Prayer to the deceased / Tewa --
Prayer to the deceased / Omaha.
Responsibility: edited by John Bierhorst.

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English translations of North and South American Indian spells, prayers, and songs traditionally used in rituals associated with birth, puberty, love, travel, sickness, weather, farming, hunting, and death.

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