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RELI 2732
Angela Sumegi

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Third Class January2112 229 PM Watched a video called The long Search with Ronald Eyre Similarities between Indonesian primal group andthe Dogon group seen last class are 1 The graves are in caves on a mountain 2 Dancing 3 Some kind of celebration The locals asked What is your religion but directly translated from their language is What is your ritual waythis places emphasis in indigenous religions not on doctrine but on practicewhat do you do The long cloth that many were carrying was intended to show the path to the world of the dead its for guidance for the soul The role of fire when they burned down the pavilion wooden building and sacrificed the buffalo represents the transformation from what is present in this world to that of the spirits worldEuphemisms words used to describe something with a different word Example the word deadwe normally people has passed away crossed the line etcbut for birth there is only a few example came to this world born We use euphemisms because we are uncomfortable with the word death so we use softer or gentle words Another videoturogers the group of people The ritual in this video is both the death ceremony and the crowning of the new priestThere was no rehearsalwhat does this mean Does it just mean that the ritual has to be performed regardless of how it is performed Is this ritual consistent there are many people that have never seen itbut there are certain things that has be said the things to be worn must be specificthe order of the events in the ceremony must be in the correct order The lack of rehearsal there is a greater sense of authenticityrehearsal sort of infers a show for peoplebut in religious context this ceremony is not meant to be a showso people cannot be practicing the words that are to be saidIt has to said at the right timethe ceremony must be participated in reality Black elk article from the course pack Black elk is a 19th century shamanhe wished to restore the dignity and hope of his people whose entire way of life has been overtaken and destroyed by the European settlersMany Indians in north America took on a new religion one that promise that there will be a time coming soon when their oppressors will be overcome when the antelope and buffaloes would return and the ancestors would be resurrectedDance has always been a mode of spiritual expression among Indian nations so it is not surprising that the center piece of the new religion was a dance called the GOATS DANCE described in the
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