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By Evelyn Wolfson

Lengthy earlier than they have been written down, American Indian myths have been stored alive via a powerful oral culture. have you questioned how the realm used to be made? MYTHOLOGY OF the yank INDIANS discusses this secret, in addition to different myths and legends from diversified tradition parts all through North the United States. each one bankruptcy is via a question and solution part which covers characters, topics, and logos. a professional remark part complements the myths with critiques through famous students. This publication is constructed from AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY to permit republication of the unique textual content into booklet, paperback, and alternate variations.

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Zurong was irritated by the other gods’ cowardice, and he did not approve of his successor’s plans to reshape the earth into water-heavy proportions. So Zurong challenged Gong to regain control of the earth. Gong gladly met his rival in combat. As the two powerful forces wrestled each other across the firmament, the sky shook with thunder, and lightning flashed across the sky. For days, they grappled, wrestled, and pinned each other higher and higher in the skies until they finally cracked the dome of heaven.

The raft surged across the water, sending jagged waves breaking across the sea. Huge sprays of seafoam bubbled and frothed around the raft. Zurong placed himself strategically in the path of Gong’s warriors. As Gong’s battle raft approached, Zurong blasted forth a huge, towering pillar of fire. The leaping flames were sucked into the hollow cores of the raft’s bamboo poles, which burst into flame, plunging Gong’s soldiers to their watery deaths. Gong jumped off the burning raft and dove down into the sea.

Noted sinologists Jan and Yvonne Walls write: Characteristic of classical Chinese myths is their rather dominant concern with some of the universal themes—the creation and maintenance of natural and cultural orders, disruptions and challenges to them—and a spirit of concern and even self-sacrifice for the well-being of humanity on the part of benevolent gods and mythological culture heroes. . [T]he number of gods and culture heroes who give their lives in the service of the natural or cultural orders is astounding in comparison with most other pantheons: Pan Gu [Panku], Nü Wa [Nuwa] .

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