Myths and Legends of Our New Possessions and Protectorate (Classic Reprint)

Charles Montgomery Skinner

Excerpt from Myths and Legends of Our New Possessions and Protectorate Ararats in the Sierras, in Alaska, in Hawaii, in the Philippines. It sets us a-thinking when we find Noah in a Hawaiian myth, and there called Nuu when we learn of the white god of Mexico who is to return and free his people, for which reason houses in the southwest are still built with doors opening toward the sunrise, that the faithful may see him early when he advances out of the East, to which he went so long ago. We have forgotten all we never knew about the people who first recounted the deluge legend, but everywhere we hear, among primitive tribes, of ?oods that covered the globe, of a chosen one who survived the cataclysm and re peopled the earth, restoring to it, also, the serpents, birds, and quadrupeds that he had saved from the waters. How much more dramatic and portentous are these records than the possible beginning of the story in some local freshet! Eden is in both hemispheres. Sodom has been destroyed on both continents. Helen is not alone of Troy, but of Molokai and California. Coming to a later time, we find our dear old Rip Van Winkle to be only the phantom of an earlier personage. The man who fell asleep among the hills and awoke to find himself and the world grown old is at home in Germany and the Orient and on our Western plains, quite as well as in the mountains of our Hud son yet we refuse to yield his place to any proto type, and insist that Rip shall inhabit our Catskills. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.