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A Plains Indian Myth: The Wives of the Sun and Moon

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The Plains Indians of North America traditionally pictured a woman's marriage as a to-and-fro movement between two quite different husbands, one the Sun and the other the Moon. Womankind's marital intimacy was viewed not as a static or permanent state but as a periodic one – her monthly 'honeymoon'. Building on the work of Claude Lévi-Strauss in his four-volume analysis of 1,000 Native American myths, Chris Knight will explain why it made sense to conceptualize conjugal relations in this way.
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