The Zuni Enigma : A Native American People's Possible Japanese Connection

by Nancy Y. Davis

Other authorsEdmund J. Ladd (Foreword)
Hardcover, 2000

Status

Available

Call number

E99 .Z9

Publication

W W Norton & Co Inc (2000), Edition: 1, 318 pages

Description

For Many Years, anthropologists have understood the Zuni in the American Southwest to occupy a special place in Native American culture and ethnography. Their language, religion, and blood type are startlingly different from all other tribes. Most puzzling, the Zuni appear to have much in common with the people of Japan.In a book with groundbreaking implications, Dr. Nancy Yaw Davis examines the evidence underscoring the Zuni enigma and suggests the circumstances that may have led Japanese on a religious quest -- searching for the legendary "middle world" of Buddhism -- across the Pacific to the American Southwest more than seven hundred years ago.

User reviews

LibraryThing member akswede
It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately Davis' theory breaks down when it comes to language (and may in other areas I'm not qualified to comment on). Japanese and Zuni becoming mutually unintelligible -- and with no demonstrable sound correspondences -- in only a few centuries? That's highly unlikely. I can't help but think Davis is confusing typologically common features (like a 5-vowel system) or word order with historically inherited features.… (more)
LibraryThing member Lindoula
It's an interesting idea, but unfortunately Davis' theory breaks down when it comes to language (and may in other areas I'm not qualified to comment on). Japanese and Zuni becoming mutually unintelligible -- and with no demonstrable sound correspondences -- in only a few centuries? That's highly unlikely. I can't help but think Davis is confusing typologically common features (like a 5-vowel system) or word order with historically inherited features.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

ISBN

0393047881 / 9780393047882

Barcode

34662000984309

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