Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955. Navaho religion: a study of symbolism

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“ Theory Of Reproduction

“ Man's Constitution

“ Life Cycle

“ Death And The Dead

“ Destiny

“pantheon: Characteristics Of Supernaturals

“pantheon: Types Of Supernaturals

Persuadable Deities

Undependable Deities

“helpers Of Deity And Man

“intermediaries Between Man And Deity

“unpersuadable Deities

“dangers Conceived As Deities

“beings Between Good And Evil

“order Of Monsters, Dangers, And Beings-in-between

“ Gods As Sun Manifestations

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“ Intrusion Of Evil

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“ Attraction Of Good

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“time And Timing

“ Direction

“sex, Dominance, And Size

“alternation, Reversal, And Negation

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“ Color

“ Precious Stones

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“ Paired Colors

“ Sequence In Quadrant Arrangement

Sequence In Maltese Cross Arrangement

Sequence In Linear Arrangement

“ Sequence [ksc: Of Colors] In Verbal Order

“sequence In Outlines

“color Associations

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“even Numbers

“ Odd Numbers

“first Time

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“ Light And Seeing

“ Sound And Hearing

“ Odor And Smell

“ Food And Taste

“word, Formula, And Myth

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“ Origin Of Song

“ Function And Types Of Song

“content And Structure Of Songs

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“ Forms

“ Invocatory Offerings

“offering And Reward

“ Deposit Of Offerings

“ Talking Prayersticks

“classification Of Ceremonies

“distinguishing Symbols

“the Chanter's Bundle

“ Disposal

“rite And Ceremony

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“concordance A Supernatural Beings

“concordance B Ritualistic Ideas

“concordance C Rites

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Navaho religion: a study of symbolism

Published By: Original publisher New York: Bollinger Foundation. 1950. 36, 800 p. [incomplete]

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. Navajo (NT13)

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); Mythology (773); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Purification and atonement (783); Revelation and divination (787); Ritual (788); Ritual (788); Ethnophysics (822); Ethnobotany (824); Ethnozoology (825); Ethnopsychology (828);

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 efforts.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 63

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt13-063

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: This document consists of excerpts Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1930-ca. 1948

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Katchen S. Coley ; 1951-1952

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Navajo Reservation, Arizona, New Mexico, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Navajo Indians


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