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God Nature & Indian Spirituality.

Postby mortensen » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:00 am

AMERICAN INDIAN SPIRITUALITY:

The North American public remains ignorant about Native American Religions. And this, despite the fact that hundreds of books and articles have been published by anthropologists, religionists and others about native beliefs. Little of this scholarly literature has found its way into popular books about Native American Religion.

Many followers of Aboriginal religions, such as the many types of Native American Spirituality, do not regard their spiritual beliefs and practices as a 'Religion' in the same way in which many Christians do. Their beliefs and practices form a integral and seamless part of their very being.

It should be noted that American Indians almost universally were Theists. They generally believed in a Supreme Being, Great Mystery, or Great Spirit, who quite often had helpers or lesser spirits at His command. A religious attitude toward the Creator certainly helped shape their love for the Creator's handiwork, i.e. Mother Earth and all that is in her. It is interesting that most tribes had a Flood Story of some type that was similar to the Genesis account in the Bible. Another similar instance is that Indians often had a bad or evil supernatural character, often labeled as a troublemaker, which was somewhat equivalent to the Devil in the Bible. Though Indians did not generally have a bad place after death, or that a bad fate awaited them at death. There was some similar belief to a Heaven of the Bible. It was that good people would go to a Good Place after death. Sometimes it was described to whites in the early literature as 'Happy Hunting Grounds.' Other Indians simply believed their spirit would go back to the Creator upon death, or that it would travel the 'Sky Road to Ancestor Land.'

Indian beliefs in general were a responsibility to God, His Creation, and Our Fellow Human Beings; that was essential to American Indian thought. This is the essence and nature of a philosophy that we can apply to our own lives today, and is the heart of American Indian Philosophy that must be applied if mankind hopes to save a world damaged more each day due to neglect, greed, and indifference. It could also be said that this is a philosophy that goes back to the Garden of Eden. Back to when our original ancestors respectfully cared for God's good work.

NATIVE AMERICAN PROPHECY:

Some of the most fascinating prophecies come from the 'Hopi Nation' (tribe), located in the Southwestern United States. Many of these prophecies foretold by the Hopi have come true.

'This is the First Sign: We are told of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana men who took the land that was not theirs. And men who struck their enemies with thunder.'

'This is the Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning wheels filled with voices. In his youth, a father saw this propecy come true with his eyes - the white men bringing their families in wagons across the praires.'

'This is the Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. These, White Feather saw with his eyes - the coming of the white men's cattle.'

'This is the Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of Iron.'

'This is the Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant spiders web.'

'This is the Sixth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun.'

This is a very astounding, articulate and Spiritual message, prepared for the United Nations and presented by Mr. Thomas Banyacya, Hopi Nation.

The Hopi Nation Message to the United Nations:
http://www.indians.org/welker/hopi.htm

Woody Mortensen
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