ERIC Number: ED124316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Some Concepts of Sacred Space Among North American Indians.
Hatfield, John T.; Irby, Charles C.
Since sacred space is revealed in the symbolism of the center, and sacred time is revealed in traditional Native American cosmogony (according to Mircea Eliade), the symbols of the center and the myths of origin were analyzed for the: Naskapi; Pomo; Paiute; Navajo; Ojibwa; and Delaware American Indians. Analysis revealed the following: (1) for the Naskapi, all space is sacred and all present time is profane; (2) for the Paiute, some space is sacred sometimes and most time is profane and must be annihilated; (3) for the Pomo, some space is permanently sacred and some time is occasionally sacred; (4) for the Navajo, most space is permanently sacred and some time is occasionally sacred; (5) for the Ojibwa, some space is temporarily sacred in man-made structures and some time is sacred as a record of individual experiences; (6) for the Delaware, a permanent structure is sacred and regular times of ceremonies are sacred, so that time is celebrated rather than annihilated. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Human Geography, Instructional Materials, Legends, Mythology, Relationship, Religious Differences, Space Orientation, Symbolism, Time
Not available separately, see RC 009 207
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Note: Related documents include RC 009 207-217