Religion in Americas

Religion in Americas - Native American/Europeans Thursday,...

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Native American/Europeans Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:46 AM Printing Press Native Americans Demystifying Natives People Religion and Lifeways Arrival in NA Languages (~550) Dynamic Similarities among Amerindians Caveat: European arrival alters the picture… "Religious" Orientation: Two Types Hunting Pattern Animal ceremonialism Male supreme being Few stationary cult practices Shaman and shamanism Life after death: beyond the horizon or in the sky e: Oglala Sioux of the Planes, Shoshoni Horticultural Pattern Fertility cycles Rain and fertility ceremonies Gods and goddesses Permanent shrine and temples Rituals and ritualism Medicine man Life after death: in the underworld or among the clouds Ex: Hopi, Zuni, Seneca, Seminoles Religious Traits of Native Cultures Oral transmission No written texts north of Mexico No sacred/secular distinction- no land ownership Monism- all things are one and connected Cyclical time-time is repetitive, not linear Syncretic- blended religious traditions together
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