The Black Water River Analysis
He begins his trek onward, passing numerous groups of blissful spirits, whom pay no attention to the tenderfoot. Instead, the happy spirits continue to sing, dance, and feast on the perfectly sweet fruits. After passing several groups, he finds “them all alike, containing one hundred beautiful, bright, joyous, young women, and one man” (Campbell 1959:148, Debo 134:5). After traveling past many identical groups, the traveler becomes fatigued and begins to feel hopeless. Just as he is about to surrender, he hears his name called by a group of young women. The shilup will spend eternity in a land of beauty, pleasure, fertile soil, and plentiful food (Campbell 1959:148,150).
On the opposite side of the mountains, to the north, lies the bad hunting ground. The spirit would begin their journey in the same manner, journeying along the path to the river. “Behavior that automatically sends the shilup to the bad afterworld includes murder, lying that leads to the murder by someone else, divorcing a pregnant wife, and gossiping (Campbell 1959:150). Upon reaching the two beings, the spirit would feel guilt or fear, and attempt to dodge the stones. Slipping from the log, he would fall into the raging river and over the waterfall, landing in rapidly swirling pool of