Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality

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Posted by Kathy S on September 28, 1998 at 00:30:25:

In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Rebecca on September 24, 1998 at 19:57:13:

: : 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?

: : Regards,
: : Kathy S

: To my knowledge the Inuit are the only people who believe in reincarnation. Other Native nations such as the Cree don't ever mention a person's name once the person has passed on. The spirit is supposed to be left alone and wouldn't find any rest if the name was mentioned again...

: BTW I finally remembered the sea goddess' name ( bothered me all day yesterday). Her name is Sedna and quite a few of Inuk carvers have used her for their artwork. I also found a nice story about her on the net. Here is the URL:

: Take care,

: Rebecca

Thanks again, Rebecca. I hadn't heard of the custom of never speaking the name of a person once they died. It would be very difficult to never mention the name of a deceased loved one, at least for us, in today's world. We probably would have a hard time getting through the grieving process if we had to be silent. Do you know if ceremonies or group activities commemorated the dead in a general rather than individual way? And do you or anyone know what the Mohican customs were pertaining to honoring the dead?


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