The Mythic World of the Navajo: Myth and Sand Paintings


Mythologist Joseph Campbell begins his exploration of the mythic world of the Navajo people by looking at the sand paintings used in Navajo healing ceremonies.

For more on Navajo myth and ritual, see Maud Oakes, Where the Two Came to Their Father: A Navaho War Ceremony Given By Jeff King, with commentary by Joseph Campbell (

Also, see Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (