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Estsanatlehi

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America Literal meaning: ‘the woman who changes’. The most respected deity of the Navaho Indians—hunters living in the semi-arid area of Arizona. It is said that Estsanatlehi ...

Estsanatlehi

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... America Literal meaning: ‘the woman who changes’. The most respected deity of the Navaho Indians—hunters living in the semi-arid area of Arizona. It is said that Estsanatlehi never remains in one condition, but that she grows to be an old woman, and in the course of time becomes a young woman again. She passes thus through an endless course of lives, always changing but never dying. The apotheosis of the seasons, Estsanatlehi dwells in a floating house on ‘the great water in the west … and here the Sun visits her, when his journey is done, every...

Estsanatlehi

Estsanatlehi  

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AmericaLiteral meaning: ‘the woman who changes’. The most respected deity of the Navaho Indians—hunters living in the semi-arid area of Arizona. It is said that Estsanatlehi never remains in one ...
Yolkai Estsan

Yolkai Estsan  

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AmericaAccording to the Navahoes, Yolkai Estsan, ‘white shell woman’, was created at the same time as her sister Estsanatlehi, ‘the woman who changes’. Estsanatlehi appears to be an earth goddess, ...
Koshare

Koshare  

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AmericaAccording to the Pueblo Indians, the Koshare were the first men. A certain goddess wanted to amuse her companions and so she rubbed a ball of skin off herself in order to make the Koshare. In ...
Nayenezgani

Nayenezgani  

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AmericaLiterally, ‘slayer of alien gods’. Along with Tobadzistsini, ‘child of the water’, the Navajo Indians say that Nayenezgani dealt fearful blows to the spirits of evil threatening the world. The ...
Yolkai Estsan

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...Estsan America According to the Navahoes, Yolkai Estsan, ‘white shell woman’, was created at the same time as her sister Estsanatlehi, ‘the woman who changes’. Estsanatlehi appears to be an earth goddess, related to the seasons and the land, whereas Yolkai Estsan is connected with the...

Koshare

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... America According to the Pueblo Indians, the Koshare were the first men. A certain goddess wanted to amuse her companions and so she rubbed a ball of skin off herself in order to make the Koshare. In Navaho legend the goddess Estsanatlehi used the same method of creation. Today the Koshare are the clowns who enliven the Pueblo dance with their absurd antics. They perform a critical function, since their satirical comments and posturings on the times are beyond...

Nayenezgani

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...Tobadzistsini, ‘child of the water’, the Navajo Indians say that Nayenezgani dealt fearful blows to the spirits of evil threatening the world. The two brothers, Nayenezgani and Tobadzistsini, may be seen as war gods, but they are more like cultural heroes. As the offspring of Estsanatlehi, ‘the woman who changes’, and Tsohanoai, the sun god, Nayenezgani appears to be a lord of light, while Tobadzistsini, moist and dark, is his opposite, a lord of darkness. Once the two brothers encountered Naste Estsan, the benign Spider Woman. They were on their way to the...

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