AmerIndian Rebirth: Reincarnation Belief among North American Indians and Inuit / Edition 2

AmerIndian Rebirth: Reincarnation Belief among North American Indians and Inuit / Edition 2

by Antonia Mills
     
 

ISBN-10: 080207703X

ISBN-13: 9780802077035

Pub. Date: 07/28/1994

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Until now few people have been aware of the prevalence of belief in some form of rebirth or reincarnation among North American native peoples. This collection of essays by anthropologists and one psychiatrist examines this concept among native American societies, from near the time of contact until the present day.

Amerindian Rebirth opens with a foreword by

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Until now few people have been aware of the prevalence of belief in some form of rebirth or reincarnation among North American native peoples. This collection of essays by anthropologists and one psychiatrist examines this concept among native American societies, from near the time of contact until the present day.

Amerindian Rebirth opens with a foreword by Gananath Obeyesekere that contrasts North American and Hindu/Buddhist/Jain beliefs. The introduction gives an overview, and the first chapter summarizes the context, distribution, and variety of recorded belief. All the papers chronicle some aspect of rebirth belief in a number of different cultures. Essays cover such topics as seventeenth-century Huron eschatology, Winnebago ideology, varying forms of Inuit belief, and concepts of rebirth found among subarctic natives and Northwest Coast peoples.

The closing chapters address the genesis and anthropological study of Amerindian reincarnation. In addition, the possibility of evidence for the actuality of rebirth is addressed. Amerindian Rebirth will further our understanding of concepts of self-identity, kinship, religion, cosmology, resiliency, and change among native North American peoples

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802077035
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Foreword: Reincarnation Eschatologies and the Comparative Study of Religions
1Introduction3
2Reincarnation Belief among North American Indians and Inuit: Context, Distribution, and Variation15
3Saving the Souls: Reincarnation Beliefs of the Seventeenth-Century Huron38
4The Reincarnations of Thunder Cloud, A Winnebago Indian55
5Behind Inupiaq Reincarnation: Cosmological Cycling67
6From Foetus to Shaman: The Construction of an Inuit Third Sex82
7Born-Again Pagans: The Inuit Cycle of Spirits107
8The Name Never Dies: Greenland Inuit Ideas of the Person123
9Kutchin Concepts of Reincarnation136
10Reincarnation as a Fact of Life among Contemporary Dene Tha156
11The Concept of the Person and Reincarnation among the Kwakiutl Indians177
12Person, Time and Being: Northwest Coast Rebirth in Comparative Perspective192
13Rebirth and Identity: Three Gitksan Cases of Pierced-Ear Birthmarks211
14Cultural Patterns in Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation among the Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska242
15Alternate-Generation Equivalence and the Recycling of Souls: Amerindian Rebirth in Global Perspective263
16The Study of Reincarnation in Indigenous American Cultures: Some Comments284
Appendix. North American Indian and Inuit Reincarnation Sources299
References357
Culture Index391
General Index395
Contributors409

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