Framing the Islands of the Americas, which became the continents of the Americas, in the context of world history naturally brought forth Plato's Atlantis as possible stepping stone between the old and the new worlds. The account that follows is Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa's attempt at connecting the Americas to the lost Atlantean Civilization.
We always speak of Canada as a new country. In one sense, of course, this is true. The settlement of Europeans on Canadian soil dates back only three hundred years. Civilization in Canada is but a thing of yesterday, and its written history, when placed beside the long millenniums of the recorded annals of European and Eastern peoples, seems but a little span. But there is another sense in which the Dominion of Canada, or at least part of it, is perhaps the oldest country in the world. Stephen Leacock looks at Canadian history from the perspective of its first inhabitants.
The Spanish relaciones account many surprising similarity between Aztec religious practice and organization and the European Christian tradition. The account that follow looks at Aztec practice related to allegorical "eating the God", a chapter in The Golden Bough.
This book is the result of work carried on by Philip Ainsworth Mean as a graduate student in the Division of Anthropology during the years 1915-1917. It consists mainly of translations of early Spanish books and manuscripts.
A legend that exists in the cultural matrix of a society that is primarily oral can be a source of historical memory. In the case of the legend of the emigration of the Sagdlirmiut we have a fable that is passed from generation to generation as a unwritten record of how it came to be that the Saglirmiut came to the lands of the Inuit in northern Canada.
So we know the Redbird is the daughter of the Sun, and if the men had kept the box closed, as the Little Men told them to do, they would have brought her home safely, and we could bring back our other friends also from the Ghost country, but now when they die we can never bring them back. A Cherokee legend of how death came into the world.
The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. An origin legend from the Cherokee.