The Circle of Life Essays

744 Words Jun 10th, 2014 3 Pages
Nelda S. Scott
Mr. Dan Henke
The Circle of Life Black Elk introduces us to the “Circle of Life” perspective on time, space, and being, which is common to many primal religions. In this essay I will discuss this religious worldview and describe its understanding and perceptions of reality. Contrast it to the more linear time, space, and being concepts of modern cultural religions. Lastly, I will compare Black Elk’s ideas with the Christian view of nature and purpose of Creation. This is the quote from Black Elk, Ogala Sioux Holy Man, “You have noticed that everything and Indian does is in a circle and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round…Everything the
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(Hopfe, 2005) In this text we are introduced to how the Indian culture perceives things in life. First and foremost they look at everything in a circle or to be round. For example the earth is round or it forms a circular motion, and is shaped like a ball. The wind is shaped as a circle because it blows around and whirls, the moon is round, even the season’s change on a year round basis. Everything that the Indians look at is in a circular motion. The Oglala Sioux concepts will never change; they always will go on a common bison hunt, the bison hunts are one of their most effective ways of living simply because they do not only use the bison for eating purposes but for other ways as well. Example they use the hides, bones, and other material for everyday living. Black Elk’s ideas on the Christian viewpoint of nature and creation describe birds, and how they lay their eggs in a nest that is circle, and how everything is repeated in a circle. The purpose of creation is to ensure that everything is in a circular motion, and in a human standpoint we birth our children in the same way to a certain degree. From how we birth our children, raise our children, and see our children do the same thing for their children like we did them. Everything is repeated, even though the day in age changes everything is constantly

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