Posted by Kathy S on September 28, 1998 at 20:53:03:
In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Rebecca on September 28, 1998 at 17:30:22:
: 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?
: : Thanks,
: : Kathy
: 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..
Rebecca, thank you for sharing this. It's fascinating to learn how people of various cultures approach the same life experiences. Because of your explanation I think I understand it better. You are permitted to speak of them, and about them as long as the actual name is not mentioned, even today. Right? What if a non-believer or someone unfamiliar with this custom should speak the name of the deceased. Is that also supposed to negatively affect the soul of the deceased? I know it sounds like a silly question, but in the modern world I imagine that would happen sometimes. As opposed to the old times when people of a tribe always lived together, and everybody concerned was aware of the taboo.
Thanks in advance,
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