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In the BeginningThe Navajo Genesis$
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Jerrold Levy

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211285.001.0001

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The Emergence and the Present World

The Emergence and the Present World

(p.62) 4 The Emergence and the Present World
In the Beginning

Jerrold E. Levy

University of California Press

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

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