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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:11 PM

Native American Traditions and Rituals

Ceremonies and rituals have been a part of the Native American lifestyle for centuries. While their traditions are often referred to as religion, most Native Americans didn’t consider their ceremonies and rituals in that sense. Instead they felt that their beliefs and practices helped to form an integral and seamless part of their own being. Here are some of the interesting practices and ceremonies that they took part in.


Healing Rituals


A healing ritual was a symbolic ceremony that would help bring participants into harmony with themselves. They were used to help groups of people return to harmony and large ceremonies were typically not used for individual healing. The basics of these rituals varied from tribe to tribe. The Sioux and Navajo would often use a medicine wheel which was a sacred hoop, and would sing and dance in ceremonies that would last for days on end.

Centuries ago, many Native Americans would use plants and herbs as remedies or for spiritual celebrations. They felt that these herbs could help them create a connection to the spirits of the afterlife. Herbs that were often used included Sage, Bear Berry, Red Cedar, Sweet Grass and Tobacco.

The healing process for Native Americans is much different than how we perceive it today. It included beliefs and practices that would combine religion, spirituality and herbal remedies. From their perspective, the Native Americans believed that the medicine was more about healing the person than curing the disease. Traditional healers would work to make the individual “whole” once again, believing that most illnesses would stem from spiritual problems.


Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

Indigenous societies are not conducive to a one world environment. 

Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:06 AM

Supernatural Creatures in Philippine Folklore 
A short list of the supernatural creatures in Philippine folklore... 
The scary stench of Halloween is now hanging in the air. Everywhere, we see faces of monsters, beasts, and other Halloween creatures. In the Philippines, it is a common belief that supernatural beings are working at large during this season. Their powers are greatest at this time, and hence, they are in their most evil facets.The Philippine folklore is rich with mythical and supernatural creatures. It is not as popular as those in Western cultures since it is mostly composed of fragmented tales of horror and wonder. Nevertheless, it has influenced the lives of Filipinos that certain customs are being practiced so to appease these beings and to prevent them from terrorizing people. So which supernatural creatures Filipinos are most afraid of? What are their equivalents to other cultures? And how evil are they?ManyFilipino customs are influenced by their beliefs in various supernatural creatures. Say avoiding too much noise when near old trees so as not to disturb these unearthlybeings, or beeping the vehicle when crossing bridges at nights as a permission from them. It may seem peculiar but these habits and more havebecome part of the way of life for many Filipinos, even for those living in the urban areas...

Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:27 PM

In 1988, the parents of a nursing child were told by doctors at a hospital in Tabuk, Kalinga province, that their ward’s affliction was beyond treatment.
Left with no options in conventional medicine, the couple took the child back to their hometown in Pasil to summon a “mandadawak,” a Kalinga healer. A ritual was soon performed to seek a possible alternative cure for the child who was described as emaciated and on the brink of death.
The child survived, according to photographer Tommy Hafalla who happened to be in Pasil that year, and thus heard that a healing ritual for the child was about to take place. During the ritual, he shot a number of frames using black and white film and emerged with a set of prints which included a window portrait of Ina Ayunnaw, the mandadawak.

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