Christina telling of heaven is false so they founded new Indigenous realms of

Christina telling of heaven is false so they founded

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Christina telling of heaven is false so they founded new Indigenous realms of reality - A common trope: the “Orpheus” myth in North American Indigenous societies - Wife was died when bitten by a snake and tried to go get her from the underworld but cannot bring her all the way back - Entered the underworld and managed to come back but they cannot remain in human world Discussion - INTRODUCTION OF EASTERN WOODLANDS READING IS TESTABLE (be able to know issues of cosmology, discussion of ritual, talking about discourse community) Based on your reading of the “Eastern Woodlands” section of Shushan’s Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions , consider the following: - What cosmological claims are being made in these various stories? - What religious practices are referenced? - What are the discourse communities involved in telling these stories? (e.g., Why might these stories have been considered worth [re]telling and by whom? What is their rhetorical context?) - How and why were NDE stories told in the context of colonial expansion? Mortuary Ritual in Indigenous societies - Mortuary rites are often part of larger ritual systems- they are integrated into broader ritual patterns - Concerns include in mortuary rites: disposal of human remains, transit of the soul(s) between human and spirit world, transformation of soul(s) into ancestors, death pollution. - Death is a pollution phenomenon- emotion of disgust is thought to have deveopped in order to protect humans from dangerous things that provoke disgust of death - We have cultural systems that help us define where things belong- if they are not where they belong they are considered dirty – so when a loved one dies and instead if a mass of decay there is a feeling of disgust and matter out of play- therefore they believe death is pollution and they deal with it through mortuary rituals Example #1: Rituals of the Wari’ (of Brazil) Background: Cosmology – the ancestral realm is at the bottom of deep water and there is no hunting because everything is a human spirit so it is though the ancestors to support the living emerge from the realm and return as a peccary and allow the humans to hunt them - There is a distinction between animals and living - Death and mourning: “from the moment of death until the funeral’s end, everyone joins in a ceaseless, high-pitched keening that sends a haunting mantra of collective grief reverberating through the forest” (243)- the immediate family never allow the body to sit
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alone and they hold onto it- the rest of the community are responsible for all other ritual obligations (food, drink, fire) Symbolic death of mourners ritual of piling- the mourners will pile on top of each other with the dead body at the top until the people on the bottom pass out – creating a mental state that is a metaphor for their pain and sense of loss and their desire that they want to go with the deceased symbolically - Animistic assumptions- since the person is gone they are creating the same state through the piling ritual -
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
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