A Life Cycle Ritual That Celebrates And Marks The Passage Into Death

2594 WordsNov 12, 201611 Pages
In life no matter what religion, ethnicity, gender, etc that all people are made up by we see that all humans have the need to bring meaning to our lives, the Human Condition. We as humans, despite having different qualities and each person being unique, Joseph Campbell presents us with the idea that people are inherently more alike than we as people are different, the concept of Intrinsic Sameness. This Sameness in all humans allows us to observe similar themes and meanings behind our human ritualistic acts and stories, the stories that are very important to humans and how we came to be to this day. There are many traits/stages/ common experiences that relate to all humans, but to focus on two that have deep meaning and importance to any culture. A life cycle ritual that celebrates and marks the passage into death, along with a belief story that brings meaning to a culture similarly to other cultures world wide. The Chippewa (Ojibwe) culture focuses on these two traits, a life cycle ritual that celebrates and marks the passage into death, along with a belief story that brings meaning to the Chippewa Culture. The Chippewa Tribe is a very historic and well known culture that works hard and respects everyone while holding everyone as well to a very high regard. They see themselves as “ another element of nature; no greater and no less than everything else on earth ( Flett 1). Their beliefs are centered around the belief in “Gitchie Manitou, the “Supreme Being,” “Master,”
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