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ETHNOLOGY DOI: 10.1134/S156301100704010X Yu.E. Berezkin Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Nab. 3, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org “EARTH-DIVER” AND “EMERGENCE FROM UNDER THE EARTH”: COSMOGONIC TALES AS EVIDENCE IN FAVOR OF THE HETEROGENIC ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS* Several folklore-mythological tales that concern the deeds American versions of the “earth-diver” tale of heroes and the origin of certain constellations have been described in my previous papers (Berezkin, 2003а; Narratives about the appearance of dry land from particles 2005а, b). The tales in question are shared by the native of solid substance brought from the lower world are peoples of North America, Central Asia, and Siberia but typical of South Asia, Siberia, Eastern Europe, and North are practically unknown in Central and South America. America (Fig. 1) (Count, 1952; Dundes, 1962; Köngäs, Such a distribution suggests that separate groups of 1960; Kuznetsova, 1998; Napolskikh, 1991; Prasad, 1989; early migrants to the New World had different cultural Rooth, 1957; Vasilkov, 2006; Walk, 1933). In Northern afﬁ liation. The cosmogonic texts analyzed below contain Eurasia and America, not just the descent of certain additional evidence in support of this hypothesis. personages into the lower world but
Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 18, 2007
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