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  •  Does Anyone Know if the Great Spirit Concept (7+ / 0-)

    of Native Americans predates European contact?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:15:39 AM PDT

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    •  Native Americans were/are very diverse (4+ / 0-)

      linguistically and culturally, and there are many different NA spiritual beings and creation stories. I think white European culture syncretized some of these to its own religious ideas.

    •  Given the tremendous diversity of cultures for (6+ / 0-)

      1000s of years between the East & West Coasts (not to mention between Northern Alaska & Souther Chile), that concept certainly existed for some at some point...but how to quantify it would seem a mystery to me...especially since European contact & disease spread often disrupted the continuity of oral traditions that had spanned millenia.

      I'd posit that any intellectual endeavor or accomplishment that was achieved in the old world, was also independently achieved in the Americas at some point...at some time.

      If people can develop the intellectual concept of zero (as was documented in the Americas), of nothingness, they can develop any intellectual concept.  

      The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:59:38 AM PDT

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    •  Good question, (3+ / 0-)

      and one that my anthropology teacher would have answered "no" to. She said that a lot of of the creator deities in native cultures got translated as great spirits and that the concept was easily assimilated when natives were converted.

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