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bear

bear  

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A bear is the type of an uncouth and savage creature. In medieval usage, also taken as symbolizing sloth and gluttony.A bear is the emblem of St Gall, a 7th-century Irish monk and hermit living in ...
Earth-Diver Creation

Earth-Diver Creation  

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In earth-diver creation myths an animal or another god—often a world parent—is sent by the creator to retrieve substance from the depths of the primal waters. This substance, in any ...
Kotan Utunnai

Kotan Utunnai  

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The indigenous Ainu people of Japan sing this epic of the hero Poiyaunpe, born on the mainland, who is raised in a place called Kotan Utunnai by a woman of ...
Prehistoric mythology of the Paleolithic

Prehistoric mythology of the Paleolithic  

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It is impossible to be precise about the origins of mythology. The emergence of a toolmaking proto-human being, Homo habilis, occurred several million years ago and was followed by the ...
sacrifice

sacrifice  

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Rationalizations of classical sacrificial practices include supposing that they dramatize the violence of killing and the associated guilt, or that they purge the killing of guilt by seeing it as ...
Woman of Poi-Soya

Woman of Poi-Soya  

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This Taming of the Shrew–type Ainu epic takes place in Hidaka, Japan. The hero, Otsam-Un-Kur, has been raised by his two beautiful sisters, who represent all that is valued in ...
Woman's Epic: Repunnot-Un-Kur

Woman's Epic: Repunnot-Un-Kur  

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The Woman's Epic: Repunnot-Un-Kur is an Ainu work. In the Ainu tradition, as in Woman of Poi-Soya, the epic is told in the first person by the heroine, Shinutapka-Un-Mat. The ...

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