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#313955 - 12/10/09 11:43 PM Native American Religion
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Is anyone here practicing Shaman knowledgeable about the North American Native religion? Please PM me or post here if you are.

Thanks,
Dwayne






Edited by Dewey2k (12/11/09 02:17 PM)
Edit Reason: Change topic and initial post to clarify topic.

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#313976 - 12/11/09 07:57 AM Re: Shamanism? [Re: Dewey2k]
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oops....nevermind then...not what I was thinking...



Edited by DJsport (12/11/09 11:52 AM)
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#313998 - 12/11/09 11:49 AM Re: Shamanism? [Re: DJsport]
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I don't know where you are coming from in asking about this. How knowledgeable are you about these things?

I spent 2 years in Africa as a Peace Corps teacher. In Africa the shaman is called a "zoman". It is the same word with a slightly different pronunciation. In fact the word shaman is used around the world in very different cultures for the same thing.

A zoman is a witch doctor. They are greatly feared by the tribesman. They have more power than the village chief. Some of them could sometimes perform healings through occult arts. They rule the people with fear and occult rituals. They rule with a secret society mechanism. The boys are taken from their mothers just before puberty and taken to bush school. There they are circumcised and taught the secrets of the village clan. Some of them never return. Many of them still practiced child sacrifice.

When I was trying to sleep, I could hear the drums pounding in the village in the distance. Quite frightening. They would go all night. I was warned never to approach the village during those times. I took that seriously.

Watch out!! eek

Allen

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#314003 - 12/11/09 12:19 PM Native American Religion [Re: pufferfish]
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I was more wondering about the North American Native practices as opposed to anything like what you mention, Allen.

I read that shamanism and Native American religions are not the same, so I apologize for my poor choice of terms. I have edited the title of the post(s) here to be more accurate.



Edited by Dewey2k (12/11/09 02:14 PM)

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#314461 - 12/14/09 05:42 PM Re: Native American Religion [Re: Dewey2k]
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I was under the impression that there were a number of distinct Native American religions.

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#314477 - 12/14/09 08:00 PM Re: Native American Religion [Re: melliferal]
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I'm certain there are. NM... I'll look elsewhere.


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#314520 - 12/14/09 11:36 PM Re: Native American Religion [Re: Dewey2k]
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Dewey, you need to ask yourself (and us, if anyone else is interested), WHICH tribe? Different tribes have different religions.

When I was in college I studied the Utes and the sub-cultures within it. Very unique culture, AFAIC. And I have been trying to remember what I studied....LOL!

When you decide on a tribe (if you can't decide, just pick one and start from there), research the tribe and find their tribal office. Contact them and ask for guidance. THAT is the best way to do it.

My suggestion, pick a small tribe. Like the Hoopa of N. California. There's a few small ones there as well. Small tribes appreciate it when people want to learn about them. larger ones have become calloused because so many people try to join after learning, thinking they can lie their way in.

If I could help you more, I would, just let me know if I can.


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