Various religions across the world employ several different concepts that non-believers often find very strange or difficult to grasp. There is however a concept that is universally understood and somewhat accepted by the vast majority of our contemporary society. This is of course the concept of an afterlife. The afterlife can be defined as a sort of state of being where the consciousness of an individual persists even after the physical death of the body. This concept plays a central role in nearly all religions that employ it and is sometimes dependent on the existence of a God.
The Chickasaw The Chickasaw’s reputation as strong hunters and warriors sets them apart from other tribes. The Chickasaw have their own unique religious traditions, as well as social traditions. They are very similar to the other tribes in the southeastern United States. The rich traditions and history of the Chickasaw helped to shape their everyday life both in the past and modern day. (Sansing 51).
All three civilizations were deeply religious. Their religious beliefs, while different, laid the groundwork for each civilization’s everyday life. The Cherokee, who were monotheistic, used their religious beliefs in their stories, ceremonies, and rituals. Everything from specific numbers to ordinary animals to specific trees and plants had its place in the Cherokee existence. For the Cherokee, everything had its proper place.
The fire symbol was used in the ancient Mississippian culture of North America, more specifically the culture of mound builders. The mound builders associated great value to fire. Fire played a very important role in the culture and traditions of Native Americans and although it was not the main role in their ceremonies and rituals it was the building blocks of them. To the Native Americans, fire was like a messenger and a gift from their great spirit. The smoke of the fire was used to clean sacred items such as drums, shakers, and pipes before the use of them during ceremonies and rituals.
The chapter I read was about how Native American culture was different. They do many different things that they believe they should do. “I don’t even want to be here,” the other Indian said. “But my dad started, like, this new Indian tradition. He says it’s a thousand years old.
At the core of the Great Awakening, many colonists were likely drawn to the experience in general, based in part to the fact that Colonial America was a land of extreme flux during the early 18th century. As it has been noted by some historians, the people of this time were likely feeling lost and the rigmarole of traditional worship was affording them very little “spiritual reward”, so to speak. As it would appear to this writer, it would seem that though religious worship had remained an important part of colonial society, it had become stagnant for many and they were simply going through the motions. As to how this relates to religion and the messages being passed down to congregations, the message itself challenged people to look into themselves as a means of salvation and men like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and Reverend John Fish centered their revivals around this fact. What was more profound was the fact that their messages went far beyond reaching just white, Europeans colonists; their powerful words and new form of religious preaching touched Africans and Indians as well.
The British Colonists arrived in America after spending all of their lives under the rule of king. This life was very restricted for most of the colonists, as they had to succumb to the laws, rules, and national religion stated by the aristocrat rulers. When they saw and heard about how the Natives were worshipping which ever religion they wished and how they were not burdened by the rules of faraway leaders, they were inspired by their freedom and opportunities . Additionally, there was a clear divide between gender and class in English society at this time. Native Americans ideas of equality and liberty seemed to influence many of the European philosophers, and later some of the inclusions into the Bill of Rights .
Tradition is the customs or beliefs that has been pass on to generation to generation. Native American have their own tradition such as when they trade, it meant a welcome gift or a way to gain relationship. However, the European trade and their material goods had a negative impact on their lives because they slowly lost their identity. While Native Americans was adapting to the Europeans’ homes, they did not noticed that they are started to becoming them. For example, in chapter 3, All Stuff of Life, Calloway stated that; “Archaeologists excavating eighteenth-century sites in the eastern united states often find it difficult to determine whether a settlement was Indian or European on the basis of the material unearthed.” This shows that Indians
Through the examples of my mother’s traumatic event or my own scare (it was scarier than it sounds), we can see this common theme. My mother and I are not the only ones in our family who are strong and brave, all of my other family members are as well, there just was not enough time to write of all their wonderful stories. From these stories we can learn of people’s pasts, how they acted, and why they are who they are today. Overall, this family history project has allowed me to search through my family’s history and find out about my
Religious ceremonies and religion in general were part of the daily lives of the Indian societies of North America. Religious ceremonies would be commonly related to hunting and farming. Most of their religion was based off the ideas of spiritual powers. The Native Americans of North America believed in an idea known as animism, in which all types of living and inanimate things have sacred spirits in them. Some examples of these objects would be animals, plants, water, wind, rocks, and geographic features.
The Kwakiutl tribe is part of the Kwakwaka 'wakw, a group of Native American tribes living in the Northwestern region of North America. The Kwakiutl have a rich culture and a history of tension with the government of British Columbia. Sculptures, paintings, theatre, music, dance, and oratory performances are all part of Kwakiutl culture. Many of these are based upon their religion. For example, wintertime is full of religious-intensive activity, including performances that depicted dramatizations of myth-time events.
In the 1500s, after Martin Luther broke off from the Catholic Church, more people wanted to create their own reformed church (Nolt 11). Some of these people, called the Anabaptists had created their own church that had to meet privately in order to escape persecution. Eventually this group of people would split off into Mennonites and Amish communities. To this day, the Amish have stayed humble in their spiritual lives, while outsiders still see them as ‘weird,’ since they do not fit in. The Amish people have a wide sense of spirituality, which is difficult to comprehend as an outsider; therefore, outsiders meaninglessly apply stereotypes to the Amish to try to understand their lifestyle.
Three main points that will be addressed will be when they first arrived to America. The consequences that were faced, and the conflicts they have experienced because of the change in religion. It isn 't always simple leaving traditions that have been in cultures for centuries, but the Hmong Americans overcame their obstacle and here we will learn how and why it happened. Hmong are traditionally Animist
Trying to understand the cultures of other groups of people is hard, whether the culture be extreme or not. After first reading Body Ritual among the Nacirema, this was the case as the culture seemed to be undoubtedly crazy. The rituals and customs of the Nacirema people are hard to understand as they hold spiritual and ritualistic reasoning. Every minor part of their days had some cultural meaning to it. Though, a comparison because the Nacirema people and the people of today shows that the rituals and customs are actually very similar, but thought of in a more cultural and spiritual way.
I really enjoyed this chapter from American Indian Activism because I was not aware of how many organizations there are that support and spread awareness for Native American rights. I think the amount of organizations created was an eye opener for the government because the government seemed to not treat the Native Americans with respect. In other chapters I have read, the Native Americans were not funded properly enough to live in reasonable conditions. The Native Americans were living with inadequate housing and plumbing issues. There were many organizations discussed in this chapter, but I am just going to name a few.