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During this magnificent remodeling of Lewis Spence's seminal Myths and Legends of the North American Indians, Jon E. Lewis places the paintings in context with an intensive new introductory essay and extra remark during the ebook at the background of local american citizens, their language and way of life, tradition and religion/mythology. He contains examples of myths from tribes passed over via Spence, a consultant to tribes and their myths through zone, a uncomplicated Lakota (Sioux) word list, courses to key pronunciations and a bibliography.

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The parallelism between the two narratives, sacred and profane, is presented with curious precision: clearly, the figures from the world of Fable, though of different lineage, have now achieved a basis of strict equality with the Biblical characters. In both groups, Peter recognizes men of superior stature, geniuses endowed with pro­ found and mysterious wisdom. Zoroaster invented magic and inscribed the Seven Arts on four columns (Gen. xxxix); Isis taught the Egyptians the let­ ters of the alphabet and showed them how to write (lxx) ; Minerva taught sev­ eral arts, in particular that of weaving (lxxvi) ; Prometheus, renowned for his wisdom, is reputed to have created men, either because he instructed the ignorant or perhaps because he fabricated automata.

The stars rising to the north and to the south of each of the zodiacal signs, and we note that the register of these stars, established in the first century of our era by Teucer the Babylonian, contains a great many glyphs or sigils which are likewise of Egyptian origin,9 or perhaps even Chaldean or Anato­ lian. Finally, from now on the Greek celestial globe (sphaera graecanica) has as a kind of parasite a barbaric globe (sphaera barbarica),10 the mytho­ logical elements of which live on, and in the course of the centuries become mingled with those of classical origin.

The minia­ tures of Leonardo da Besozzo (1435-1442) derive from Giusto’s drawings. See also La canzone delle virtu e delle scienze di Bartolomeo di Bartoli (text and illustrations), published by L. Dorez (1904). 44 At approxi­ mately the same date, Lombard sculptors ornamented the zone at the base of the fagade of the Certosa of Pavia with medallions which show Prophets side by side with em­ perors 45and gods—a strange series of apocryphal portraits in which the infant Hercules strangles ser­ pents and Judas Maccabeus wears a Mercury cap, and which recalls the numismatic fantasies of the 5.

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