Native American Beliefs

Indigenous people of North and South America basically have Native American belief which is why their practices are based on these as well. Until the 1950s most commonly it was assumed that the surviving religions of Native American beliefs were a little more than curious anachronisms. Which were dying remnants of humankind’s childhood? What lacked in these traditions were moral codes or fixed doctrines which without wealth were embedded in the societies. Mostly present with our writing or a recognizable system of politics and justice. Basically, there were usual indicators which civilization has. The situation in today's time has dramatically changed. Religious scholars or even the students of ecological sciences and committed individuals who aim at deepening and expanding their own religious lives have now found these traditions and these have many varied and distinct religious worlds which have basically been through so much struggle just for the survival but still have retained the ability to inspire.

If we look at the histories behind these five worlds then those too have been marked by loss. Five hundred years of economic, political and religious domination have undergone their roles and taken them from them. These also have taken their toll. It is although often seen that community members mourn even the disappearance of small rituals which were performed daily and even of religious vocabularies including the grammar which was embedded in traditional languages. This erosion of memories not only includes the formal sacred natives but even the myriad informal strands which once composed of these tightly woven ways of life. Nevertheless, even though the pervasive effects of modern society, from which there is no longer any possibility of geographic, economic, or technological isolation but there are still instances which are of remarkable continuity with the past, along with the amazing creative adaptation to the present and anticipation of the future.

North America

Things which the people of North America themselves claim is that the traditions and rituals which they possess do not include religion. Even it is their ways of life. The particular term religion in their language is extremely hard for them to understand and translate in their own language making it even impossible for them sometimes. The differences in epistemology and cosmology are the core reason behind the incongruity as differences are arisen by this. Most traditions which are Western believes and distinguish between religion and thought or even action as something which has ultimate authority and power which is supernatural. This states that it is a phenomenal nature and human reason which is above or outside the course of both the phenomena.

Most indigenous worldviews do not have these indigenous worldviews with no such antithesis. They believe that revelation is embodied in clouds and mountains and plants and animals. This is even where the native tradition is conceived of a realm or world apart from the terrestrial; one and is not usually or normally visible from it, as in the case of the Iroquois Sky World or the vast number of underworlds of Pueblo cosmologies. Even the boundaries between these worlds are permeable. The distance which is the ontological distance between the sky and land or the underworld and land is somewhat short and is travelled in both directions.

Rather than encompassing a duality of profane and sacred indigenous religious traditions seem to conceive only of sacred and more sacred. Power, spirit or something akin moves in all things although this movement is not equal. Native Americans have a view towards religion as the relationship between living humans and other things and persons however in their point of view they are conceived. They even include the departed and even the to-born-soles so this means that even the things or beings which do not belong here anymore are included in the so-called natural world of flora and fauna, and visible entities that are not animated by Western Standards.