During this impressive remodeling of Lewis Spence's seminal Myths and Legends of the North American Indians, Jon E. Lewis places the paintings in context with an in depth new introductory essay and extra statement in the course of the booklet at the background of local american citizens, their language and way of life, tradition and religion/mythology. He comprises examples of myths from tribes passed over by way of Spence, a advisor to tribes and their myths by way of sector, a uncomplicated Lakota (Sioux) thesaurus, publications to key pronunciations and a bibliography.
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And they have stretched their cord across the void, and know what was above, and what below. Seminal powers made fertile mighty forces. 8 But, after all, who knows, and who can say whence it all came, and how creation happened? The gods themselves are later than creation, so who knows truly whence it has arisen? Whence all creation had its origin, he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not, he, who surveys it all from highest heaven, he knows—or maybe even he does not know. Notes 1. 2. 3.
Chonganda, the second son, brought forth a marvellous living plant from which all the trees and grasses and flowers and plants in the world have sprung. The third son, Chedi Bumba, wanted something different, but for all his trying made only the bird called the kite. Of all the creatures, Tsetse, lightning, was the only trouble-maker. She stirred up so much trouble that Bumba chased her into the sky. Then mankind was without fire until Bumba showed the people how to draw fire out of trees. "There is fire in every tree," he told them, and showed them how to make the firedrill and liberate it.
The sand painting is itself a mándala, a sacred circle representing creation in its original wholeness. When the patient sits in the sand painting and has the creation myth recited over him by the shaman (medicine man), he is returning to the womb of nature in the hope of being reborn into nature's wholeness, ofreenacting the creation myth in his own life. An equivalent of the curative sand painting for the Christian, for example, would be the church building. It is in "Mother Church," where the sacred meal is administered or "celebrated" by a priest—the spiritual descendant of a hero born of the Virgin Mother—that the Christian is reborn into spiritual health.