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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955
Navaho religion: a study of symbolism
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Bollinger Foundation. 1950. 36, 800 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Gladys A. Reichard
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Representative art (532);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Purification and atonement (783);
Revelation and divination (787);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is an exhaustive study of the significance of
symbolism in Navajo daily and ceremonial life. The author, a well-known ethnologist with
many publications on Navajo religion to her credit, spent years in gathering the material
for this book. Believing that it is the Navajo religious system which has enabled the
people to maintain their identity in a rapidly changing world, Miss Reichard shows how and
why they are preoccupied with ritual. Secular and religious behavior are analyzed in the
light of the mythology of the cosmos, and the spirits and gods. This analysis relates ideas
about man and nature to the symbolism of space, time, direction, texture, form, color,
sound, and taste. Consequently, the author materially contributes to an understanding of
the fundamental concepts behind the Navajo way of life. Navajo RELIGION has the advantage
of following upon the earlier work done on the subject by Father Berard Haile, and
Kluckhohn and Wyman. Although the author disagrees with many of their observations and
conclusions, she is quick to acknowledge her indebtedness to their pioneering
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Katchen S. Coley ; 1951-1952
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Navajo Reservation, Arizona, New Mexico,
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