Unifying Concept of the Annishinabe Religion. Essay

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In his article “Bimaadiziwin or the “Good Life”, as a Unifying Concept of the Anishinaabe Religion”, Lawrence W. Gross set out to examine how bimaadiziwin is a unifying concept of the Anishinaabe religion. In the article, two points Gross focuses on his aim on demonstrating the continuity in Anishinaabe worldview and also demonstrating how bimaadiziwin serves as a unifying concept for traditional Anishinaabe religion. To support his points Gross explores the meaning of bimaadiziwin and how it is used, how story telling is a way of moral teachings and also ways to recover the Anishinaabe downfall.
Due to the colorizations of First Nations people, the Anishinaabe religion experienced a drastic downfall that tore apart most of the
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They believe that this relationship with animals was necessary for a long healthy life; which, demanded certain moral attitudes and actions. The author believes the relationship with animals had its moral side driven by the bimaadiziwin (p.20). Prior to earlier in Gross’ article, we were taught that bimaadiziwin teaches the necessity of respecting all life whether it is the smallest insect on this earth to a human, everything and everyone is equal; which, makes Gross’ argument is very agreeable. This loving trait clearly continues to this day and proves that bimaadiziwin still serves as an underlying concept for the Anishinaabe religion. For the old Anishinaabe, bimaadiziwin informed not only the animal-human relations but also the myths, vision quests, health and healing, the Midewiwin and relations to the dead. In modern age, bimaadiziwin is helping the Anishinaabe to reconstruct their worlds during the postapocalypse period. One method bimaadiziwin is doing this, is simply through story telling. Story telling in the Anishinaabe religion is a great way to pass down traditions, and is also an important tool for the recovery of the religion. Due to the downfall of the Anishinaabe religion, not only did they lose their hope and faith but an increase in substance abuse and domestic violence occurred. Gross believes that a big factor of this recovery is not only by sharing the stories of Wenabozho, Old Man River, or any other story but another factor is

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