Aboriginals Of North America

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The Rite's of passage

Vision Quest: In the native tribes of North America many young natives venture out on a vision quest, essentially seeking an overall direction in life. Traditionally, young people within the native tribes of North America must undertake the quest to be accepted as an adult. When relating to Christianity we can call this conformation, as the person is now accepted into the church rather being accepted as an adult.

Birth and Naming: When an aboriginal child is born the elders or grandparents will give the child a name that expresses the identity of that child. The child's name is revealed by a spirit and whatever name the spirit reveals that will be the child's name. Although as the child grows older he/she can change their name. When comparing this to Christianity we can call this Baptism.

Main Rituals (Festivals)

Powwow: This celebration involves a dance or renewal for restoring of right relationships and the healing of all creation. It's a celebration within the native community. The Powwow takes place in a circle and everything in the circle is holy.

Sweat Lodge: This ceremony aims to purify the body, mind, spirit and heart. The physical description of the sweat lodge is it's a closed structure built around a pit into which heated rocks are placed during the ceremony. They sing, pray, talk and meditate. In comparison to Christianity this much represents a church but with less factors in, people sing and go to confession to purify their body from all the evil.

Everyday life of an Aboriginal and their faith

Many Aboriginals live life in a cosmocentric worldview. They essentially see God through animals and respect them . They don't hunt animals just for the fun of hunting animals, there needs to be a purpose. When they do kill the animal they often say a prayer as a sign of respect for that animal.

Aboriginals also believed in Animism, which means that all things, human and non-human, have spirits or souls. Although when the vessel (human body and non-human body) dies, the spirit lives on. This is in relation to Christianity as when we die we leave our bodies behind and our spirits ascend into the heavens.

Mentioned Above in the MAIN RITUALS (FESTIVALS), Aboriginals practicing rituals and ceremonies as a way to cleanse the body and essentially make them into a more holier person. Again in relation to Christianity this is much like confession as in confession the main goal is to cleanse you and make you holy again.

Aboriginals, rather than praying to a single god they cannot see, each group generally believes in a number of different deities, whose image is often depicted in some tangible, recognizably form. This form may be that of a particular landscape feature, an image in a rock art shelter, or in a plant or animal form. This is called polytheism.