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THE MOUNTAIN CHANT

A NAVAJO CEREMONY.

BY WASHINGTON MATTHEWS

[1887]

This is a description of a Navajo shamanistic healing ceremony. It centers around a recitation of a cycle of myths about a Navajo culture hero, Dsilydje Qal. His journey takes him to the land of the gods and goddesses, where he learns powerful magic.

Title Page
Introduction.
Myth of the Origin of Dsilydje Qal.
The Ceremonies of Dsilydje Qal.
The Great Pictures of Dsilydje Qal.
Sacrifices of Dsilydje Qal.
Original Texts and Translations of Songs.
Other Songs and Extracts.
Addendum: The Suppressed Sections from the 1884 Edition of the Mountain Chant