Posted by Rebecca on September 28, 1998 at 17:30:22:
In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Kathy S on September 28, 1998 at 00:30:25:
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?
You are very welcome! Yes, it can be a bit awkward not being able to mention the deceased's name..We usually refer to the person as the late brother, late mom etc.
The dead are indeed commemorated in a in a ceremony called a "Rounddance".The whole community takes part in it.BTW Rounddances are usually performed by Prairie Indians..
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