Essay about Indigenous Religions

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In chapter 2, the textbook author uses various terms for “indigenous religions”: traditional, aboriginal, indigenous, tribal, nonliterate, primal, native, oral, and basic. Select four or five of these terms and discuss why you believe each of those terms is applicable to the religions covered in this chapter.
“Native”. The word native relates well with the religions in this chapter because many of these religions are native to the place they come from. For instance the indigenous religion in Hawaii host a goddess of fire, Pele, whom is native to just that religion.
“Oral”. The word oral relates to the indigenous religions in this chapter because that is how most of these religions were spread. Very little of these religions had
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Most of them died with the extinction of the tribes themselves as well. What is animism?
The belief that every living and inanimate objects in the universe have a spirit or soul.
In general, what is the relationship between the human and animal worlds among indigenous religions?
In general they go hand in hand with each other. In most of the indigenous religion when killing and animal for meat or killing a tree for shelter they do it respectfully as possible in reference to their souls.
How do indigenous religions, in general, select their “sacred spaces”?
Indigenous religions select a great mountain, a volcano, a valley, a lake, a forest, a single large tree, or some other striking natural site. How are ancestors viewed in most indigenous religions?
Ancestors in ‘most’ indigenous religions have almost god-like respect for them. They are treated quite well out of love for them and their power they are thought to have.
What “big events” in life are usually marked by ceremonies in indigenous religions?
In indigenous religions rites of passage are marked by ceremonies; Child birth and crossing over into adulthood are examples. What is a taboo? What are some examples of taboos in our modern culture, and are they religious or cultural in nature?
A taboo is a rule that forbids specific behavior with regard to certain objects, people, animals, days, or phases of life. A taboo in our modern culture would be something like picking

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