Unformatted text preview: The Seneca Indians are a good example of religion causing societies to change. By the 1800's they had come into hard times with diminishing land and European diseases because of the "whites". Because of these hard times the Seneca had increased accusations of witchcraft and many alcoholics. Luckily, there was a prophet named Handsome Lake who said that God told him to start a new religion and give up drinking. He foretold of disasters if the people did not follow these new ways. They were expected to follow the rules by being peaceful, sober, and leading pure, upright lives. There society and family structure was completely altered, and division of labor between men and women had been changed. I enjoyed this chapter because i never knew how much of an impact religion had on societies when they are in a time of need....
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- Fall '09