By Yuri Rytkheu

By way of the prestigious writer of A Dream in Polar Fog, a set of the myths and tales of Yuri Rytkheu’s circle of relatives that's instantaneously a relocating historical past of the Chukchi those who inhabit the northern beaches of the Bering Sea and a gorgeous cautionary story rife with clash, human drama, and humor. We meet terrific characters: Nau, the mummy of the human race; Rau, her half-whale husband; and Rytkheu’s personal grandfather, fated to be an intrepid visitor, far-ranging whaler, residing ethnographic convey, and the final shaman of Uelen. The Chukchi Bible strikes via big Arctic tundra, sea, and sky – and to areas deep inside ourselves—introducing readers, in bright prose, to a rare mythology and a resilient humans.

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C f. especially F ra n k fo rt, K in g sh ip and the Gods, p p . 160 f. s* Psychology and A lchem y, p . 25. 11 M y O rigins, p p . 40 ff. THE GREAT MOTHER experience s ta te s of w eath e r, b u t div in e or godlike pow ers on w hom his fa te depends, a n d w hose b eh av io r is co n n ected w ith his ow n in a m agical o r religious-ethical w ay. W e need only consider, fo r exam ple, th e rain an d its significance for fertility , o ften c a rry in g a decision as to life an d d eath . P ra y e rs for rain , processions for rain , are even to d a y an expression of th is m y th o lo g ically a p p e rc e p tiv e m e n ta lity , w hich guided early c u ltu ra l life a lm o st exclusively.

I I , P t. 2, S uppl. PI. X X V I 15. Female figurine 119 C lay, B aluchistan, prehistoric (three views) D ra w in g from P ig g o tt, P rehistoric In d ia , p. 10S, fig. 9 16. Face urn 121 R ed clay, Troy, fou rth stratum D ra w in g from H ocrnes, Urgeschichte, p. 361, fig. 7 17. cs, Urgeschichte, p. 361, fig. S 18. Female idol 126 C lay, H agia T riada, Crete, late M in o a n m period D ra w in g from E v a n s , The Palace o f M in o s, Vol. I , p. 567, fig. 413 19. Tombstone in female form 127 V ic in ity o f Bologna, prehistoric U m brian S ta a tlic h c M useen, B erlin D raw in g from H oernes, Urgeschichte, p.

SO M useo B orgiano, V a tic an D raw in g from D a n ze l, M exiko, Vol. I , PI. 5(5 50. Tile Roman goddesses of fate Coin o f D iocletian, c. a . i >. 300 E n g rav in g from a L o n d o n , 1750, e d itio n of V irgil, Vol. I, PI. X X I, fig. i 51. Bhavani-Trimurti-M other H in d u , X IX century or earlier F rom M U ller, (Jluubeu, ll'issen und K u n st der alten H in d u s, PI. IV , fig. 34 52. The date-palm goddess, dispensing nourishment E gypt, front a relief, x v m D ynasty, x v i - x i v century b .

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