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The Short, Swift Time of Gods on EarthThe Hohokam Chronicles$
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Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, and William Smith Allison

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084674

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084674.001.0001

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Conclusion: Mythologies

Conclusion: Mythologies

(p.281) Conclusion: Mythologies
The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth

Donald Bahr

Juan Smith

William Smith Allison

Julian Hayden

University of California Press

This chapter defines mythologies as a collection of texts, organized by one person, stating the origins of the things of this earth. Its defense is simple. In the first place, the Pima–Papago mythology intends to be historical, and the problem is to understand how it is so; that is, how it is preoccupied with Pima history and yet makes almost no reference to Pima and white relations. Second, except for a feeling conveyed by the narrative that what happens is happening for the first time, the chapter finds little that seems sacred in the sense of perfect or blessed in the mythology, while there is a good deal which is frightful and earthy. This feeling of origins seems essential, but the chapter calls it magical as sacred, the magic of first times. Thus does the mythology approach not embrace sacredness as a matter of narrative feeling or tone.

Keywords:   mythologies, earth, Pima, Papago, origins, magic

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