Native American Religions - Native American Religions and...

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Native American Religions and Contact 1) Modern knowledge is based on European records (issues with bias) 2) Commonalities among world religions a) Abrahamic faiths (e.g.) Islam, Christianity, Judaism i) Similar creation stories ii) Themes (1) Birth/beginning of life (e.g.) Christ’s birth (2) Supreme Beings (3) People and animals interact (e.g.) Eve and snake (4) Don’t all begin on Earth (a) Diver myths: “From the water, Earth emerges” iii) Rituals (1) Often conducted for birth, death, marriage, baptisms, etc. iv) NA Rituals (1) Naming ceremonies (e.g.) Eskimos named their children for deceased ancestors; they believed the soul would accompany the child and act as a guardian. 3) Native Americans have diverse faiths a) Gender System b) Class c) Location determines roles within society and religious practices (e.g.) buffalo being sacred to western tribes 4) Pueblo and Zuni a) Believed in becoming a raincloud or Kachina spirit (like the dolls; Hopi) 5) Shoshoni a) Family members would cut all their hair in inflict self injury upon
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course HIST 2501 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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