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As to where these myths originated, or how old they are, I have nothing to suggest, since in presenting these simple variants, it is no concern of mine It is sufficient for my purpose to know that they exist To me they lend a dignity to our country by investing it with a misty past, replete with a mythology as rich and sublime as that of any of the races of antiquity NoAs to where these myths originated, or how old they are, I have nothing to suggest, since in presenting these simple variants, it is no concern of mine It is sufficient for my purpose to know that they exist To me they lend a dignity to our country by investing it with a misty past, replete with a mythology as rich and sublime as that of any of the races of antiquity Not only will the study of 6them inspire patriotism and make us better acquainted with the inner lives of the red men, but it will tend to create an interest in our sister republics which cannot fail to be of lasting practical benefit We know much of Europeans than we do of the peoples of this continent.If mythology is to be taught in the schools at all, surely our own should have consideration, and in familiarizing ourselves with the traditions of El Dorado, we shall have one incentive for higher living We shall learn that the great souls of the races that have preceded us, in the Americas, have faced the same problems of life, which are the heritage of our common humanity that within its dark shadows they too have struggled, hoped, and prayed.No words incorporated into the English language have been fraught with such stupendous consequences as El Dorado When the padres attempted to tell the story of the Christ, the natives exclaimed El Dorado, or what the imperfect translations have made El Dorado the golden As the ignorant sailors and adventurers had been kept from mutiny by Columbus promise of gold, it is no wonder that they seized upon the literal meaning instead of the spiritual one.The time, being that of Don Quixote and of the Inquisition, accounts for the childish credulity on one side and the unparalleled ferocity on the other The search for El Dorado, whether it was believed to be a fabulous country of gold, or an 7inaccessible mountain, or a lake, or a city, or a priest who anointed himself with a fragrant oil and sprinkled his body with fine gold dust, must always remain one of the blackest pages in the history of the white race The great heart of humanity will ever ache with sympathy for the melancholy and pitiful end of the natives, who at the time of the conquest of Mexico were confidently expecting the return of the mild and gentle Quetzalcoatl, the Mexican variant of this universal myth None of the cruelties attributed to the Indian had its origin in resistance to the acceptance of a new faith On the contrary he fought solely in defense of his home, and from Patagonia to Alaska was always willing to listen to the Christian ideas of God and the hereafter.I have devoted the first seven variants to the original myth, while the others pertain to the transitions to, and misconceptions of, the name El Dorado A lust for gold acquired by conquest was the underlying motive of the discoveries and explorations made in the western hemisphere, and is the beginning of all American history We have unconsciously added some variants to it in California, where the mythical kingdom of Quivera became the land of gold of the 49 epoch El Dorado has long been a household word for anything rich and golden.The Stories of El Dorado, Quetzalcoatl the Plumed Serpent, Cholula the Sacred City, Bimini the Fountain of Youth, The Child of the Sun, The Seven Cities of Cibola, The Kingdom of Quivera
Title: The Stories of El Dorado Author: Frona Eunice Wait ISBN: null Page: 229 Format: Kindle Edition