The Manitous: Supernatural World of the Ojibway, the by Johnston, Basil

The Manitous: Supernatural World of the Ojibway, the

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These are the stories of the manitous--the spirits who inhabit the supernatural world of the Ojibway (the Native American tribe of the Great Lakes and central Canada region). Harvested by an eminent expert from an ancient oral tradition, these sacred stories introduce wily tricksters, fearsome giants, timorous tree spirits, seductive maidens, and wise grandmothers. Here, a coward masquerading as a hero becomes one; a powerful warrior is riled and routed by a younger sibling with a gift for dancing and disguises; and the ever-hungry evil weendigos--evil manitous--haunt the land. In spellbinding and hypnotic fashion, the creation and flood legends are told, and the origin stories of corn, spruce, and tobacco are revealed. Comic, erotic, dramatic, and tragic, these engrossing tales are a window into the heart of an ancient culture, an important contribution to Native American literature, and a fascinating source of spiritual guidance for the many followers of New Age mysticism.

Author: Basil Johnston
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published: 06/21/1996
Pages: 272
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780060927356

About the Author
Johnston, Basil: - Basil Johnston is an ethnologist and the author of 11 books. He lives in Ontario, Canada.