Aborigine, Yoruba, And Native American Religions

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Erik Erikson once stated “the more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” In the common era, individuals have retreated from the noble search of oneself in favor of the persecution of others with whom they observe no commonalities. It is in this grave mistake that we have caused those whose practices we cannot comprehend terrible and enduring suffering, remedied only through education and reflection on the commonalities shared through religion and customs. In my quest to not repeat this senseless extinction of culture and religion, I have felt it my duty to learn and reflect upon the diverse religions and cultures of the world. Concerning this quest, ...view middle of the document...

One tradition that struck me was the aboriginal art which is beautiful considering the conditions they are living in with the untameable Australian outback.
To put a value on information which opens your eyes to the rest of the world is impossible. I am facinated by how the Aboriginal people continually survive and thrive. Their religion captivates me as “the Dreamtime” bears a resemblance to the Creation Story. However, this resemblance causes me to consider the possibility of there being a cross-cultural connection at one point in history with each religion adapting a creation story to fit their own ideals and beliefs. The aboriginal belief does not separate humans from the rest of creation, which is a striking contrast to the Judeo-Christian tradition. This translates into the idea that all life is sacred and equal. The way we humans have been conditioned to percieve ourselves as the top of the food chain, if you will, is concerning, yet the aboriginal beliefs offer me a ray of hope for the future of humanity’s relations with our external environment.
A Yoruba proverb states, “intention is the eldest, contemplation is the next, and plan of action is the third.” This proverb simply means that there is a goal, a contemplation of it, and finally a plan for attaining it. When the topic of the Yoruba religion was first introduced, I was quite perplexed. I had never been exposed to the existance of the Yoruba religion. The one aspect of the Yoruba religion which is pronounced in my mental database are all of the different gods and goddesses. The Supreme Deity of the Yoruba, Olódùmarè lives in the sky. There is a belief held by the Yoruba which fascinates me to no end, whcih explains your reason for being. The myth states that before you are born, you stand before Olódùmarè and choose your destiny. Before we ever arrive upon the earth, we have already decided what we will contribute to the world, where we will live, who we will love, and even the day we will die. The twist in the story happens when we are born which causes us to forget all of our plans and promises which causes us to each have the quest of remembering and claiming the destiny we have already mapped out before our arrival on the earth. The second facinating feature of the Yoruba is the Orisha. Comparable to the Communion of Saints, Orishas are the intercessors between the realm of the sacred and humanity, but they represent human characteristics. The Orisha challenge believers to balance the light with the dark areas of our lives and all the shades in between. The foil to the Orishas seem to me, at least, to be the Ajogun. The Ajogun are negative forces that can cause illness, accidents, depression, or other sorts of general calamity. The Yoruba believe that if you are having a problem, then you are having an issue with an evil spirit, a witch, or you have upset, or neglected an Orisha who must be appeased. Another foundation of the Yoruba belief is Ashe, a...

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