Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
In the BeginningThe Navajo Genesis$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jerrold Levy

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211285.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

Two Traditions

Two Traditions

(p.110) 6 Two Traditions
In the Beginning

Jerrold E. Levy

University of California Press

This chapter uses the myth motifs of the Navajo healing ceremonies to classify the various ceremonies according to whether they include shamanic themes of soul loss, possession, and trickster figures. The Coyote-Begochidi tradition does not represent a survival from the distant hunting and gathering past so much as an adaptation that took place to cope with important new problems which became acute during the transition to pastoralism. The Blessingway is concerned with peace, harmony, and good things, and should exclude all evil. The Holyways include all chants that utilize sandpaintings, paintings of anthropomorphic figures on the body of the patient, and beads of turquoise and white shell given to the patient during the ceremony. The Lifeways are specifically for injuries from accidents, sprains, strains, fractures, and so on. The Evilways are used against illness caused by the ghosts of the dead.

Keywords:   Navajo, myth, healing ceremony, shaman, Coyote, Blessingway, Holyways, Lifeways, Evilways

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.