Creek Religion and Medicine

Creek Religion and Medicine

eBook - 2000
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Weaving together a wide array of historical sources with oral accounts gathered from fieldwork, this classic study provides a valuable overview of traditional Creek (Muskogee) religion and medicine. John R. Swanton visited the Creek Nation in the early twentieth century and learned about many important aspects of Creek religious life and medicine. Subjects covered in this book include Creek conceptions of the cosmos; religious stories; death and the afterlife; spiritual forces and beings; various rituals, including the Busk ceremony; prohibitions; the power and skills of different religious practitioners; the cultural force of witchcraft; and herbal and spiritual remedies. Many of these beliefs and practices have been present throughout Creek history and persist today. "Creek Religion and Medicine" showcases the vibrant culture of an enduring southeastern Native people.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2000
Edition: First Bison Books
ISBN: 9780585336763
Branch Call Number: 299.753 Sw
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 207 unnumbered pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)


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The author was a seminal figure in the study of southeastern Native peoples. This book gives a rare glimpse of traditional Creek religion and medicine.

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