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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:26 AM
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Evil and Stupid, plain and simple
The Ghost Dance

The ghost dance is a ceremony for the regeneration of the earth, and, subsequently, the restoration of the earths caretakers to their former life of bliss. Not surprisingly, the religion experienced its height of popularity during the late 19th century, when devastation to the buffalo, the land, and its Native American guardians was at its peak. Between 1888 and 1990, various tribes sent emissaries to a man named Wovoka, who claimed to be a visionary, and who was hailed as a Messiah by many desperate Indian nations. Wovoka maintained that Spirits had shown him certain movements and songs after he had died for a short period of time. In a manner reminiscent of Christ, Wovoka preached non-violence, and most tribes abandoned their war-like ways in preparation for future happiness.

The dance quickly spread to various American Indian nations, and as it spread, it took on additional meanings. While performing the ghost dance, it was believed that you could visit relatives who had left their bodies. As so many Native Americans had lost friends and relatives, this aspect of the ceremony was particularly healing. The Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho expanded its meaning further after being told in dreams that wearing certain designs on clothing would protect them in battle. These beliefs served to ward off fears of imminent danger from suspicious and sometimes hostile white onlookers, but proved futile in the end.

The ghost dance unified Indian people, even tribes with a tradition of conflict. The solidarity of these groups frightened government officials, whose worst fears were realized years earlier when the Arapahoes, Cheyennes and Sioux came together to defeat Custer. As mentioned earlier, most ghost dancers did not embrace warlike behavior. Yet, the government reacted to this outburst of Indian behavior by gunning down ghost dancers at Wounded Knee during a peaceful ceremony. Even women and children were shot in the back as they were trying to escape. Many say this was in retaliation for the massacre at Little Big Horn, since the seventh cavalry was again involved.

Perhaps the government was also frightened of the dances spiritual power. According to a historian of that time, James Mooney, during one investigation of the ghost dance, U.S. troops reported seeing approximately 125 people at the beginning of the dance, and twice that number at the end, with no one new coming into the circle.

http://www.garynull.com/documents/nativeamerican.htm

Well there you have it. People who believe dancing can save/regenerate the earth, another evil religion to oppress us all.

Indians had a form of prayer as well. They also had pipe ceremonies, and Purification ceremonies.

All so damned silly and stupid, hopefully we never have any of them post here and spew their mythology and beliefs in invisible fairy people/spirits.

Why do we tolerate such beliefs anyway?

Hopefully, someday, all these people and their beliefs not like mine will fade away and we will all be better for it....

Uh yeah, for the sarcasm impaired I offer you:
:sarcasm:
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sagetea Donating Member (471 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:52 AM
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1. Kick and Rec.!
A-HO

Sage
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:58 PM
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2. Thanks (nt)
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branders seine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:03 PM
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3. ummm
:shrug:
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:05 PM
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4. Based on some posts here about prayers
:)
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branders seine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:08 PM
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5. oh.
must have missed those.
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