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by Lewis Spence

North American Indians (Myths and Legends) by Lewis Spence. First published in 1914. Includes 7 Chapters, a Bibliography, Glossary, Illustrations, and Index
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ISBN: 1859580157
ISBN13: 978-1859580158
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Other Religions Practices & Sacred Texts
Author: Lewis Spence
Language: English
Publisher: Senate; New edition edition (February 25, 1994)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1758 kb
FB2 size: 1297 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 244
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Great read for anyone who enjoys myths
gave me a lot of information up until now I never knew
seemingly available with a couple of titles this work by Lewis Spence forms one of a number of books on the subject of myths and legends which he wrote - others including Spain and North American Indians.

The work at hand directs itself to the myths and legends of Germany and most especially the author has chosen to tackle those especially centred along the Rhine river. Conveniently the tales are lined up in order - as if the reader was travelling along the river by boat, as so many tourists choose to do. The prose is pleasant though the terminology and some of the words utilised speaks of a certain age of the composition of the book. There is a good index at the back though no bibliography however the reader will probably get the titles of a few important works from the text especially the lengthy introduction.

Where the troubles begin with this collection of tales is the compilers insistence on selecting an almost clean sweep of romances. There are a few rather whimsical side tales and of course he simply has to treat with the Nibelungenlied which is festooned with chivalrous and not so chivalrous action. But for the most part what the reader gets is a fairly unrelenting barrage of romantic piffle. Young maidens are universally the most beautiful ever and every falls in love in milliseconds. Now obviously if you pick up a book of myths and legends then you know you are going get some fairly insipid love tales filled with instantly besotted buffoons but in this tome the reader is belted betwixt the eyes with blunt regularity. Barely have you read that a young woman and a young man have met than the very next passage tells of their instant love and devotion. More than a healthy suspension of disbelief is required to wade through such nonsense. Oh, and yes it just transpires that girls father after girls father deems the young man to be unworthy. Many of the tales have the same emotional maturity you'd get from the average book aimed at 13 year old girls.

In short the author has well and truly failed to provide a range of styles of myths and legends to show the reader, preferring to focus on the gormless love tale.

Outside of that rather major issue the book has worth as a collection fables and the author evinces real knowledge and passion for his subject over and again. There are a few black and white illustrations but they are fairly dank affairs that add little. All told this is a book that fans of this sort of thing would probably enjoy and as it forms part of a larger series it probably has added value to you if you plan on buying the set.
This book is a collection of Native American myths and legends from all over North America. There are stories from many different tribes, like the Pawnees, the Chinooks, and the Haida. One of my favorites is from the Algonquin tribe. The story is about how Glooskap, the Algonquin Sun god, conquered all the evil spirits to be found. Then he met his match at the hands of a baby. He was trying to get the baby to come to him, but the baby refused to move. Finally, Glooskap ran away in frustration, and that myth ended.

This book has a section for myths and legends, and a section for information about the legends. The legends were really good, but the informational part of the book, for example, Chapter One, on the customs of Native Americans, was really boring because it failed to capture my interest.