The Zuni enigma

Davis, Nancy Yaw

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  • Creator by Nancy Yaw Davis
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Norton, [2000] ©2000
  • Physical Details
    • xxx, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780393047882, 0393047881
  • OCLC ocm41924777


  • "For many years, anthropologists have understood the Zuni Indians of the American Southwest to occupy a special place in Native American culture and ethnography. Their language, religion, and blood type are startlingly different from all other tribes. What is most puzzling, however, is the fact the Zuni appear to have much in common with the people of Japan." "In this book, Dr. Nancy Yaw Davis examines the evidence underscoring the Zuni enigma - " a theory," she suggests, "with a thousand themes." In a meticulous piece of detection and scholarship, Davis describes the circumstances that may have led Japanese on a religious quest, perhaps searching for the legendary "middle world" of Buddhism, across the Pacific and to the American Southwest more than seven hundred years ago - one of the most astonishing examples of transoceanic human mobility in history."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-294) and index.


  • Foreword / Edmund J. Ladd and Preface -- Ch. 1. Portrait of a Pueblo -- Ch. 2. Search for the Middle of the World -- Ch. 3. Links across the Desert -- Ch. 4. Coasts and Currents -- Ch. 5. Ships and Shoals -- Ch. 6. Teeth and Bones, Blood and Disease -- Ch. 7. Words and Wanderers -- Ch. 8. Kinship and Kachinas: Cultural Consequences of Social Mergers -- Ch. 9. Cosmology and Religion: Kokko and Kami -- Ch. 10. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Revisited
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