Native American Religions

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Few religions are as devoted to the forces of nature as Native American religions. Native American ceremonies include stories, chants, songs, magic formulas, and prayers that are designed to focus an individual's attention and energy on the natural aspects of life, especially natural resources, birth, and death Native American Religions, Third Edition explores the history of the many Native American religious traditions, the similarities that unite them, the detrimental effects of European colonization, and the ...

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Overview

Few religions are as devoted to the forces of nature as Native American religions. Native American ceremonies include stories, chants, songs, magic formulas, and prayers that are designed to focus an individual's attention and energy on the natural aspects of life, especially natural resources, birth, and death Native American Religions, Third Edition explores the history of the many Native American religious traditions, the similarities that unite them, the detrimental effects of European colonization, and the revivals in the 20th century that rescued these traditions from near extinction.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131116
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Sacred Way 8

Chapter 2 The Spirit World and the Sacred Way 20

Chapter 3 Creating the World: The Oral Tradition 38

Chapter 4 Native American Ceremonies and Rituals 56

Chapter 5 Wholeness and Healing 74

Chapter 6 The Path of Life 88

Chapter 7 Native American Religions and Christianity 102

Chapter 8 Native American Religions Today 124

Fact File and Bibliography 138

Further Reading and Web Sites 139

Glossary 140

Index 142

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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