In the Beginning: A Navaho Creation Myth (Forgotten Books)

 
9781605069036: In the Beginning: A Navaho Creation Myth (Forgotten Books)

The Navajo are a tribe of Native Americans who live in the southwestern United States. They speak the Navajo language, and many are members of the Navajo Nation, an independent government structure which manages the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area of the United States. The size of their Nation is roughly that of the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts combined. This article is about Navajo mythology.

The Navajo creation story centers on the area known as the Dinetah, the traditional homeland of the Navajo people. The basic outline of the Navajo creation story is as follows:

Holy Supreme Wind being created the mists of lights which arose through the darkness to animate and bring purpose to the myriad Holy People, supernatural and sacred in the different three lower worlds.

All these things were spiritually created in the time before the earth existed and the physical aspect of man did not exist yet, but the spiritual did. In the first world the insect people started fighting with one another and were instructed by the Holy People to depart.

They journeyed to the second world and lived for a time in peace, but eventually they fought with each other and were instructed to depart.

In the third world the same thing happened again and they were forced to journey to the fourth world.

In the fourth world, they found the Hopi living there and succeeded in not fighting with one another or their neighbors, and their bodies were transformed from insect forms to human forms. Eventually, however, they fought with each other again, and again were instructed to depart.

First man and First woman physically appear here formed from ears of white and yellow corn, but they were also created back in the beginning. There is a separa

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