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Published: 19 September 2002

296 Pages | numerous halftones, line drawings and maps


ISBN: 9780195146240

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The Mythology of South America with a new afterword

John Bierhorst

  • This edition includes a new afterword by folklore anthropologist John Bierhorst.
  • Bierhorst traces principle myths from tribe to tribe in seven regions of South America, and includes extracts and samples from mythological stories, and sections on the connection between myth and politics.
  • Bierhorst gives a good update on newly discovered myths, and the oral literature of various obscure tribes in South America, from the French Guiana to the tribes of the Amazon.
  • The new afterword focuses upon controversial issues regarding the claims of earliest human occupation in South America, and discusses the way in which native myths have been used to shed light on issues of democracy, religious freedom, and political activism in South America.
  • Includes notes, a pronunciation guide, index, maps and photos.

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