Though the deceased mother begged for clemency the father and the other spirits

Though the deceased mother begged for clemency the

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the idea. [Though the deceased mother begged for clemency, the father and the other spirits agreed that the elder brother would die in battle…] - Retributive justice- you didn’t sacrifice and therefore you die
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- Notion that spirits have the same kind of emotional world as we do (father is upset he is mocked by the son) The condemned man’s uncle, however, secretly gave his niece a piece of the sacrificial pork which the spirits had divided up and which he had saved, and whispered to her in the cooking pit, telling her to take it to the brothers and warn the oldest one not to go into, because his father wanted to let him be killed. Next morning she set off very early and went to the settlement of her brothers. When she arrived, she said, “Brothers, do not enter into battle! I heard out dead mother and father saying they were going to carry off one of you [she did not specify the oldest brother for fear of hurting his feelings] and give him over to the enemy in battle. See this piece of sacrificial meat from the spirits! It proves that what I’m saying is true. Don’t imagine I’m lying.” (...) - This is a worldview where the spirits and human can interact (dead uncle gave her the pork) - Skepticism- someone she tells the story will not believe it But the brothers refused to listen to her. They prepared their weapons, and when the fighting broke out, they set off. Her oldest brother was struck by the enemy’s arrows and then pierced by spears. The three other brothers came back and said, “Our sister was telling the truth! If only we had listened to her! So now don’t let us ever again take a sacrificial animal belonging to our father and use it for other purposes! The dead hear everything, see everything, and know everything, and they are filled with revenge anger when we do not follow their wishes. So let us honor them by offering sacrifices, and then they will ‘take hold of our heads’ and ‘carry us around and care for us’” (55-57). - There are often discrepencies between religious doctrine and what we experience (if ancestors know everything the uncle would have known the brothers would have ignored the sister and one would still die) - The exact boundaries of ancestor knowledge is not known - Retelling stories has social effects- this story reinforces the need for sacrifices and gives them fear if they don’t- there will be negative consequences if they don’t Near-death experience (NDE) - these sorts of experiences are often cited as evidence of the existence of various spiritual or religious realities (cosmos) - Variety of indigenous cultures have stories about them that influence the development of religion Causal explanations? - bodily phenomenon- shock, wish fulfilment, religious architypes - Physical- metabolic imbalance, drug overdose, lack of oxygen Bracketing - Significance of such experiences across cultures - Offer evidence of certain Cosmo realities
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- Socially constructive function for Indigenous cultures- describe individuals who died and
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • The Land

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