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  • Ch'osh (Score:3, Interesting)

    I assume she meant non-mammals.

    BTW, an old professor of mine studies "folk ontologies". I.e., non-technical ontologies that are part of a culture, as opposed to devised for a particular classification system. When he did studies on Navajo, he found that they had a term that basically meant "mammal" (as opposed to their specific terms for prairie-dogs, wolves, etc.), a generic term for "bird",... and I remember one generic term that was less easy to translate: it was "ch'osh", and I'm pretty sure it incl

    • Of course, when the Bible uses a term like "four-footed creeping things," it's immediately lambasted as a contradiction with known science because for some reason it's expected to use future knowledge of scientific classification instead of terms the people of the day would have used. :)

      BTW, I think I once heard one or more tribes of Native Americans (maybe Navajo?) had a legend that the ground was made of ants. (It was somewhere in the SimAnt manual, actually.)

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      • BTW, I think I once heard one or more tribes of Native Americans (maybe Navajo?) had a legend that the ground was made of ants. (It was somewhere in the SimAnt manual, actually.)

        I've never heard that from Navajos, but I do dimly remember that the Navajo creation myth involves some of the first humans having to migrate from realm to realm looking for a world that was liveable, and at least some of the earlier (before this one) realms were unliveable because of scary ants that can shoot "zigzag lightning" energy bolts and stuff.

        Since New Mexico has been above water for a Very Long Time (even geologically), it's got more ant species than you can shake a stick at.