Kinaalda's Coming Of Age Ceremony: Navajo Creation Myth

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One of the main reasons why the coming of age ceremony differs is based on the Navajo creation myth. In Navajo, Kinaalda represents a girl transforming into womanhood like Changing Woman. This is because Changing Woman is known as the first woman to have her Kinaalda by creating the first pair of Navajo people (Markstrom 304). Although there are various versions describing Changing Woman, she is known to have thought and speech as her parents, but is raised by First Man and First Woman (Young 225). When she had her first period, it was to be done that a ceremony would signify the “occurrence and significance for the girl’s initiation into womanhood” (Begay 6). In addition, as it was believed that Changing Woman gave birth to the Hero Twins,

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