Overview[ edit ] From the s, European Catholic and Protestant denominations sent missionaries to convert the tribes to Christianity. This forcible conversion and suppression of Indigenous languages and cultures continued through the s. Native American spiritual leaders also note that these academic estimates substantially underestimate the numbers of participants because a century of US Federal government persecution and prosecutions of traditional ceremonies caused believers to practice their religions in secrecy.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.
But it is only man, of all the Beings of the Wheel, who is a determiner, our determining spirit can be made whole only through the learning of our harmony with all our brothers and sisters, and with all the other spirits of the Universe. To do this we must learn to seek and perceive.
We must do this to find our place within the medicine wheel. The Ying Yang principle of opposites making up the whole is really just a cause and effect relationship. Ying Yang is only a way of saying transformation.
Dark to light, hate to love, rain to give food.
All things are because of the existence of other things. Cosmos is God, time, and nature. The seasons and life cycles are very much a part of the cosmos. The birth, death and rebirth symbolized in cosmos is almost an exact re-phrasing of Ying Yang.
Circular symbols are also important to both traditions.
Similar are the ideas concerning the creator and heaven. In Tao God is a universal, ruling power, a power personified only through the wind and the mountains and in nature itself.
A similar concept among Native Americans. Ceremony is also very important. In Tao the only way o the Universal Good, called Li, is through ritual and ceremony. If the ceremony is done with sincerity then everything goes as it should.
Among Native Americans ritual and ceremony is also very important. Everything with consequence was accomplished through ceremony such as puberty, naming children, birth, death and curing. In both Native American and Taoism ceremony was done for the honor of an individual or group or, more importantly, to honor and placate the spirits.
To carry this concept further we realize in Tao that ceremony is what separates humankind from animal kind. Ceremony is the total essence of humanity. One must master it, and thereby Li, to become totally human. The lack of ceremony equates one to a subhuman level.
Ceremony is a show of faith to both traditions. Natural harmony is also a connection between Taoism and Native Americans.
Harmony with nature is to exist to the fullest. The Indian could only survive by cooperating with the Mother Earth. Harmony to Taoists is given the following description: Heart is with learning 2.
Feet planted firmly on the ground symbolizing stability 3. No longer suffering from perplexity symbolizing serenity 4. Know the bidding of heaven symbolizing renewed perception 5.
Hear with a docile ear, and 6. Follow the dictates of the heart.
Through all of these, Tao asserts, the individual has achieved harmony with rightness. The Indian would put it more simply: Harmony is simply a loving respect for all things. In respect to the Divine there is a slight difference between Taoist and Native American thought. In contrast, most Native American traditions have conceived of a Creator.Finding texts about Australian Aboriginal religion in the public domain was extremely difficult.
There is a landslide of 19th and early 20th Century books and articles about American and African indigenous traditions, many treating the subject with sensitivity and great depth. Religions that originated in East Asia; namely Taoism, Confucianism and Shintoism, and religions and traditions related to, and descended from them..
Confucianism. What Taoists Believe. Whenever we thinks of Taoism beliefs we must figure out a mixture made of ancient traditions, philosophies and rituals/superstitions.. Actually there are two kinds of Taoism: the philosophical and the religious.
The first is related to Lao-tzu and his famous Tao-te ching, and leads to initiation into the spiritual doctrine aiming of uniting . The Longhouse Religion, founded in by Seneca Handsome Lake, revitalized Native American religion among the Iroquois.
The doctrine of the Longhouse Religion also called the Handsome Lake Religion is the Gaiwiio, or "Good Word". . Now Shipping! The Sacred Texts DVD-ROM own the wisdom of the ages! Sign up for sacred-texts updates by email. Aug 25, · Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview.
Taoist ideas have become popular throughout the world through Tai Chi.