Ancient peoples created myths to help explain the world around them-creation, death and the underworld, seasons and agriculture, natural disasters, class structure in society, and commerce. Myths Understood features important myths from different ancient cultures and describes the roles and relationships of the gods that were the foundation of their religions. Understanding Native American Myths explores the roles and relationships of the spirits in Native American myths and legends. Several myths, including "The Earth on Turtle's Back" and "The Legend of Spider Woman," are retold, describing how these stories helped people in early North America interpret their world. Book jacket.
Understanding Native American Myths
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