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First Nations spirituality - December 4th 2012, 01:40 AM

I have been introduced in depth to the First Nations spirituality. Now I consider myself atheist and I study religion in school. So this is the first thing remotely close to religion that I have wanted to participate in and actually do. Maybe it is because I am not being told that humans are inherently bad evil sinners? We're good. Maybe it is because it gives soul and life to everything in nature?
But I have a hard time with pursuing this on my own... I am VERY caucasian... Of course, you see other races crossing the boundary into Christianity, but let's face it, Christianity came out of the middle east for one and for 2 Christianity always SOUGHT conversion, First Nations traditions do not, so would it be weird for me to practice their culture/traditions or not?

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Re: First Nations spirituality - December 4th 2012, 03:02 PM

I don’t think it would be weird for you to practice it on your own. I think you might have a hard time finding some sort of group ceremony. A lot of tribes can be very particular with who they allow to come into a sacred space.
I would be interested to know what other things attract you to this faith. I had to go and look it up to see what you were talking about. But once I realized it was sort of combination of several different Native American tribes’ beliefs, I knew what was going on. Most Native American tribe’s religions have a lot of commonalities with neo-pagan beliefs. They have similar ideas of everything having a soul, animals and herbs playing an important role, reincarnation, etc. So, it might be worth your time to look into some neo-pagan beliefs as well.

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Re: First Nations spirituality - December 4th 2012, 09:26 PM

I don't NEED to research it. I already know a hell of a lot more than google could concoct for me... Like I LOVE drumming circles and smudging and stuff but yeah... I wouldn't really characterize it as being "pagan" though, mostly because A) that usually implies belief in SOME kind of god, also it doesn't really include beliefs out of the middle east/Europe/north Africa, so people who live in central-southern Africa, Asia, and North America have traditions that are definitionally excluded... But it CAN be included in the earth-based spirituality sense, guess it depends how you look at it, but I don't really want to just lump it all together... Though I find Druidism interesting it's not really something I am particularly attached to in comparison

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