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North American Indian Religion
The first source that I am using is from Britannica.com on Native American Religions.
North American Indians do not have one common religion. Instead they have numerous localized religions that exist, and each differ between families. Many Native American people claim that their traditional ways of life do not actually include religion. In fact;
“For native communities religion is understood as the relationship between living humans and other persons or things, however they are conceived. These may include departed as well as yet-to-be-born human beings, beings in the so-called “natural world” of flora and fauna, and visible entities that are not animate by Western standards, such as mountains, springs, lakes, and clouds. This group of entities also includes what scholars of religion might denote as “mythic beings,” beings that are not normally visible but are understood to inhabit and affect either this world or some other world contiguous to it.” (Sullivan 2014)
Place is also an important, and religious practices are often localized. For example; the Menominee use local geography to explain the origin of their people. While the Iroquois, whose longhouses are understood as microcosms of the universe. As you can see there is no such thing as a generic religion amongst Native Americans. Unfortunately today many Native American traditions have been lost. Many of the youth do not have the time to devote to learning the beliefs because they are feeling pressured from today’s society to go to school or get jobs. Many artifacts that once belonged to the Native Americans were lost, destroyed, or taken to museums. Even though traditions are changing and differing from the traditions that are known and loved by Native American elders North American religious life continues as a viable and ongoing tradition of religious thought and practice.
Sullivan, L. (2014, October 30). Native American religions. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/topic/Native-American-religion
“Native Americans Religion and Values” is the next source that I came across from bbc.co.uk.
When early Europeans settlers came to America they thought that Native American Indians didn’t have a religion at all. It turns out that the Native Americans in the 19th century and early was very religious, it was just that their spiritual beliefs were very different compared to the European settlers. Many of the Native Americans believed in a great spirit, Wakan Tanka. Their religion was based on the desire to appease ‘the spirits’. They did this in many ways such as ceremonies and dances. Some dances such as the Mandan Buffalo Dance was thought to bring buffalo to them. One ceremony was the Sun Dance which young men would hang themselves by their nipples off of a central pole that signified the sun. They were true lovers of nature and especially loved the land which the called ‘mother”. Native Americans believed that the Great Spirit put the land here to support mankind, and that land could not be owned by any one person because it belonged to all creatures. They also felt that the Spirits lived in the earth and it wasn’t wise to anger them.
Native American religion and values. (n.d.). Retrieved November 22, 2015, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/shp/americanwest/religionrev1.shtml
In conclusion of these articles I have learned that the Native American Indians did not have a typical religion that we are used to in today’s world. They were more one with the world, they believed in the spirits, earth, and animals. It is kind of a shame that we will never truly know all about each religion since many of their beliefs are passed down generation to generation by word of mouth and varied so greatly between the families. Unlike other religions that seem to always be increasing, Native American Religions seem to be shrinking do to the loss of true full blooded Native American Indians that still believe and carry on their traditional beliefs and heritages.
Being a Lutheran
The 2 websites that I have found useful in my research are;
Lutherans are considered Christians and they can be dated back as early as 1517 CE. They originated from Germany and have millions of followers. The Bible is considered the one and only sacred text always have and always will.
The Lutheran Church is the oldest Protestant Christian tradition, dating back to the Protestant Reformation and the person of Martin Luther. Lutherans are those Christians who choose to accept Martin Luther's teachings. A little history about how Lutheranism got started is; on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, (a Catholic monk), posted his 95 Theses as a challenge to the doctrine and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, hoping to reform the practices he felt were inconsistent with scripture. When the conflict escalated to a distinct separation with the Roman Catholic Church, those who accepted Luther's reforms became "Lutherans. Lutheranism started out in Germany and spread too many other countries across the globe and has become one of the largest Protestant denominations. (http://www.patheos.com/Library/Lutheran")
If you are or thinking about becoming a Lutheran it is described as a person who believes, teaches and confesses the truths of God's Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord." In order to be a Lutheran one must believe the truths of God's Word, the Holy Bible, as they are correctly explained and taught in the Book of Concord. To do so is to confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A Lutheran is basically one who honors the Word of God, hand-in-hand with the commitment to pure teaching and confessions of faith. They are committed to reaching out boldly with the Gospel and speaking God's truth to the world. (http://bookofconcord.org/whatisalutheran.php)
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