Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality

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Posted by Rebecca on September 29, 1998 at 14:00:37:

In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Kathy S on September 28, 1998 at 20:53:03:

: : 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

: 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,
: Kathy S

Hi Kathy,

No, it wouldn't be offensive to the spirit of the deceased or his relations...If you don't know, you don't know.:)

Here is a link explaining the "Round Dance":



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