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Myths And Histories

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These ?myths and histories' belong to the same indigenous category as that of ?tales'. They are all migung, narrated in conversational prose without ritual intent and usually by older men. Still, the differences between the stories in this chapter and those in the &t;tales&t; should be evident. The stories discussed in this chapter are heterogeneous but arranged in rough chronological order. The sequence starts with the beginnings of the world, ancestral migration and settlement of the Apatani valley, followed by origin myths of weaving, the mithun and social classes. The next set of stories narrate more recent historical events, from colonial contacts to trading adventures. The final two texts are a myth of Sun-Moon and an account of its role in the reinvention of tradition.

Keywords: ancestral migration; Apatani valley; histories; migung; mithun; myths; social classes; tales; weaving



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