Sacred Words: A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer

Sacred Words: A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer

Sacred Words: A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer

Sacred Words: A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer

Synopsis

"This impressive volume synthesizes the best previous work on Navajo religion and augments it with valuable insights of its own. Based on full acquainance with extant sources, personal discussions with natives, and sophisticated analysis of literary structures, the work provides a truly helpful perspective for understanding one tribe's essential values..... Recommended to libraries interested in securing the best scholarship on Native American topics." - Choice

Excerpt

Formed in 1974, the Council on Intercultural and Comparative Studies is a nonprofit academic organization dedicated to the dissemination of scholarship of the highest quality. The Intercultural and Comparative Studies Series presents distinguished works in four categories: history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, and linguistics. A fifth category, special series, includes works of merit not within the domains of the four more specialized categories.

The Council is especially interested in sponsoring studies of subcultures within our society and of cultures other than our own. The council also encourages interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary works that reflect the latest scholarly trends. With this series, we hope to present comparative, cross-cultural, and innovative studies that will be of value to scholars and general readers alike.

Sam Gill Sacred Words, A Study of Navajo Religion and Prayer continues in the tradition of the CICS Series and meets the challenges laid out by the Council. Gill's is the first thorough discussion and study, since Reichard's work in 1944, on Navajo prayer literature. Gill's work makes a contribution in many areas: oral tradition, definition of the basic elements in Navajo philosophy, classification of Navajo ceremonies on the basis of the kinds of prayers used, and brings a highly important body of . . .

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