Pipe, Bible, and Peyote Among the Oglala Lakota

Pipe, Bible, and Peyote Among the Oglala Lakota

A Study in Religious Identity

eBook - 1998
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When Paul B. Steinmetz worked among the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota, he prayed with the Sacred Pipe, conversed with medicine men, and participated in their religious ceremonies.

Steinmetz describes the history, belief systems and contemporary ceremonies of three religious groups among the Oglala Lakota: traditional Lakota religion, the Native American Church, and the Body of Christ Independent Church, a small Pentecostal group. On the basis of these descriptions, Steinmetz discusses the interdynamics of Pipe, Bible, and Peyote, and offers a model for understanding Oglala religious identity. Steinmetz maintains that a sense of sacramentalism is essential in understanding Native American religions and that the mutual influence between Lakota religion and Christianity has been far more extensive than most scholars have suggested.

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1998
Edition: First Syracuse University Press edition
ISBN: 9780585284118
Branch Call Number: 200.8997 St
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages) : illustrations, map
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)


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Mar 14, 2018

In my opinion the best part of this book was the verbatim accounts of Oglala peyote ceremonies and accounts by Native Americans of their spiritual experiences with peyote and with the pipe ceremonies. There is some very authentic material in this book.


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