Posted by Ayesha on September 29, 1998 at 19:28:26:
In Reply to: Re: Inuit Philosophy and Spirituality posted by Rebecca on September 29, 1998 at 14:00:37:
: : : 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":http://www.ammsa.com/guide/WINDGIC98ROUND.html
Thank you for the referral. I just want to let everyone know how much I appreciate your response on Inuit spirituality. It is so interesting and at the same time valuable to us who are living in this fast paced world. It is like taking a deep breath and realizing that there is more to life than what we see every day. There is so much ancient wisdom that came before we were born. It is so great that this wisdom hasn't died and that we can learn of it in the present day.
I am off again for one more week. I will check in as soon as I get back. Thanks again everyone.
All the best,
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