Mythology and Values: An Analysis of Navaho Chantway Myths
Publisher: American Folklore Society
viii+240 pages with bibliography. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Errata slip laid in. Memoirs of the American Folklore Society volume 48. First edition.,br>
This fine monograph, though written primarily for anthropologists, contains a wealth of information for the psychoanalyst; and it can well serve as a convenient, if not simple, introductionâ€”by way of mythologyâ€”to the enormous literature on the Navaho. Following Boas's classic studies of the degree to which a culture is reflected in, and functionally re-enforced by, its mythology, Spencer has examined the large body of Navaho chantway myths in order to ascertain their relation to Navaho values. The chantways, which may be described as socialized dreams and fantasies, bulk large in the therapeutic ritual which is performed over a patient; and they play a significant role in a culture which is characterized, not only by a fear of witchcraft, institutionalized hypochondria, and pervasive uneasiness, but also by a high incidence of infectious disease, economic distress, and other reality problems which seem to intensify the pre-existing anxieties.
Spine sunned, lightly soiled else a very good copy.
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