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Classics of Native American Spirituality (2 vols.)

By 2 authors Miguel Léon-Portilla Elisabeth Tooker / Paulist Press / 1979–1980


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Classics of Western Spirituality

Prior to the arrival of Western settlers and Christianity in the New World, Native Americans lived in the Americas for centuries developing their own spirituality. These volumes contain critical English translations of stories, songs, poems, and more from these cultures that capture the essence of Native American spirituality. These primary source materials—some of which were composed over a thousand years ago—bring to life a spiritual culture that is often overlooked, but remains historically significant.

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For more history of spirituality in America, check out American Religious Traditions: The Shaping of Religion in the United States.

Key Features

  • Contains primary source material of non-Western spiritual texts
  • Illuminates Native American culture
  • Aids understanding of American history

Product Details

Individual Titles

Native Meso-American Spirituality: Ancient Myths, Discourses, Stories, Doctrines, Hymns, Poems from the Aztec, Yucatec, Quiche-Maya and Other Sacred Traditions

  • Editor: Miguel Leon-Portilla
  • Translators: Miguel Leon-Portilla, J.O. Arthur Anderson, Charles E. Dibble, and Munro S. Edmonson
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 322

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains a collection of pre-Columbian ancient spiritual texts, the majority of which were conceived in the AD 950–1521 period. These sacred writings are attributed to the indigenous peoples of Central America, especially Mexico.

Miguel Leon-Portilla is a foremost authority on the language of the Aztecs and is professor emeritus at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He cofounded the Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl—a center devoted to the study of the Aztec people—and serves as the editor of the center’s journal. He is the author of The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico.

Native North American Spirtuality of the Eastern Woodlands: Sacred Myths, Dreams, Visions, Speeches, Healing Formulas, Rituals and Ceremonials

  • Editor: Elisabeth Tooker
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 302

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume includes a basic collection of the sacred texts, religious beliefs and practices of the Native American tribes that lived along the east coast of the United States and Canada.

Elisabeth Tooker is professor emerita of anthropology at Temple University. She specialized in the study of Native American culture.