The Role Of Shamans In Eastern Algonquian Religion

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Traditional dance to thank for abundant harvest and good hunting(Iroquois) Believed they needed balance between good and evil to retain balance In Eastern Algonquian religion they believed that there was a spiritual world that interacted constantly with the physical world. There was a belief in a primary spirit that made all life come true. Algonquians called this 'Kitchie Manitou' or the 'Great Spirit'. According to the Algonquians, the 'Kitchie Manitou' was there in everything , for example in everything from people and animals, to plants and water, to the Sun and the moon, and even sickness. The only people who control these spirits were 'Shamans' or 'Medicine Men'. Shamans were the most important spiritual leaders in Woodlands Algonquian

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