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February11Lecture - 2-11-08 - Cherokee Cosmology...

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Unformatted text preview: 2-11-08 - Cherokee Cosmology ContinuedCherokee call themselves the real peopleCherokee encompassed 40000 square miles (about 8 states) of land when first contact with Europeans occurredOrigin story other detailso Fire came from Thunder in creation storieso Corn originso Origin of game and proper behavior for huntingo Number 7 comes up frequentlyThree Worldso Upper world (above the sky vault): order, predictability, stabilityStars, moon reside here (sun just below it)o Middle (this) world: precariously balanced between upper and lower worldsWhere plants, animals, people resideo Lower world: power, creativity, fertility, changeCan only get through there with a guide, go along rivers where the water is warm not coldDangerous place with ghosts and monsterso Dualism brings order to the universeIdea that universe is under dominion of two opposing principlesFire/WaterOrder/DisorderPurity/PollutionCold Season/Warm SeasonMen's Roles/Women's RolesTraditional Ceremonial Cycleo First new moon of spring: going to the water and sacred fire rekindled (March)...
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