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In the Beginning: The Navajo Genesis

Jerrold Levy


This book's analysis of Navajo creation and origin myths shows what other interpretations often overlook: that the Navajo religion is as complete and nuanced an attempt to answer humanity's big questions as the religions brought to North America by Europeans. Looking first at the historical context of the Navajo narratives, the book points out that Navajo society has never during its known history been either homogeneous or unchanging, and goes on to identify in the myths persisting traditions which represent differing points of view within the society. The major transformations of the Navajo ... More

Keywords: Navajo creation, Navajo religion, Navajo society, American Southwest, origin myths, healing rituals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520211285
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerrold Levy, author