Essay The Rise of Tayo

587 Words Feb 28th, 2012 3 Pages
Karina Ramirez
Hum 312
February 25, 2012
The Rise of Tayo
Spirituality is defined as “of relating to sacred matters”. To many people this has different meanings. In the traditional modernistic western, this can be defined as being sacred to Christianity. In the Christian approach one is believed to be spiritual if they attend church and pray to Jesus and abide by the rules set by the bible. It is a sin to go against the bible and doing so leads to a consequence of praying for forgiveness to Jesus in hope for your eternal salvation of your soul. But to many, this type of church does not exist. To native-Americans, spirituality is defined as something more powerful than the church, stories and rituals is what takes part in fighting
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Come home again. Your mother, the earth is crying for you. Come home, children, come home.”(176) Since the stories are shared person to person it forms a bonding between individuals and the community. For Tayo, the stories took him back to his own roots, but teachers at Indian school told him not to believe in that kind of “nonsense” (19). Signing up for the Army, the doctors and the Veteran’s Hospital tried to convince him were incorrect. As Tayo remembers spiritually his uncle Josiah, who taught him Native American traditions and makes him feel most at home in the family, he reconnects with the old stories and it helps him recover from the traumatic events the war has put him in and finds peace with the Laguna People community. “He cried the relief he felt at finally seeing the patter, the way all the stories fit together-the old stories, the war stories, and their stories-to become the story that was still being told. He was not crazy: he had never been crazy. He had only seen and heard the world as it always was: no boundaries, only transitions through all distances and time.” (246) The stories teach Tayo that there is a pattern in them, someway; somehow the stories are correlated to his present. Tayo feels rejuvenated to learn that he is not alone in the process of life. Storytelling is the development of hoe Native Americans connect to reality in a spirituality

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