Posted by Kathy S on September 23, 1998 at 20:18:02:
In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Rebecca on September 22, 1998 at 16:18:15:
Part of Rebecca's post was:
: Another traditional Inuit religious belief was that human spirits lived on after people died. The spirit of a deceased person would eventually occupy a newborn who had received the spirit's mortal name. This child, it was believed, would acquire it's namesake's soul and abilities."
: Hope this helped,
Thanks so much, Rebecca. All of this information is very interesting. It would appear that great care might be taken in choosing the name of baby, so as not to invite the spirit of one who was less than admirable. And I suppose the opposite would also be true.
Do you (or anyone else) know if this belief in reincarnation was common among Native People?
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