946 - Time Past                                

Nearly all American Indian tribes  offer some explanation of the origin of death.  

The underlying theme is that the soul on its way to the afterworld is confronted by dangers and difficulties  which must be overcome, such as passing between clashing river rocks or struggling upstream only to die. 

 

 

                      H. 39 1/2" W. 43 1/4"

Leach, Maria. Editor. Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and

Legend.  Harper and Row, Publishers, 1972.  p. 300.

© 2017 d'Elaine Johnson