Re: Amimal Myths

sam cogdell (cogdell@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 20:13:30 -0600

On Thu, 1 Feb 1996, Rotholz wrote:

> On the symbolic side of things, Roy Willis has a chapter entitled "The
> Meaning of the Snake" in <Signifying Animals: Human Meaning in the
> Natural World> (1990) London: Unwin. He references some other works,
> including B. Mundkur's <The Cult of the Serpent...>, plus describes his
> own encounter in Tanzania with a "spitting" cobra.
> Jim Rotholz
Three more refs from junk on my shelf at home:

Gary Urton, ed., *Animal Myths and Metaphors in South America*, an edited
volume, has several essays dealing with snakes/serpents in the mythology
of Amazonian groups and Andean culture.

Lawrence Sullivan's *Icanchu's Drum*, an encyclopedic treatment of South
American religions, has many references to Andean 'amaru' and to various
Amazonian peoples' use of snake myths and metaphors, etc., especially on the
shamanic uses of snakes and snakes in creation myths.

Terence Turner talks about snakes in Kayapo (Brazil) origin myths in his
essay in Jonathan Hill, ed., *Rethinking History and Myth. Indigenous
South American Perspectives on the Past.*

Sam Cogdell
Univ. of Kansas