Hydromythology and ethnohydrology in the New World

Water Resources Research



From mythology, archeology, and chronicles of early explorers we can learn how early Americans viewed the cause and effect relations of hydrologic phenomena. Hopes and fears are the basis of religion, and it was through religion that water management was first practiced. Early people used their water resources to develop diverse civilizations in various parts of the western hemisphere. Not only was the rise of these earlier civilizations hydrologically influenced, but also the downfall of some was related to natural or man-made hydrological crises in which gods and mythology continued to play a role.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Hydromythology and ethnohydrology in the New World
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR017i002p00257
Volume 17
Issue 2
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 31 p.
First page 257
Last page 287
Other Geospatial North America, South America
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