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Native American

Publisher:  OakChylde Books/Lulu Press ISBN-10:  0557480108 Type: 


Copyright:  8/1/2010 ISBN-13:  9780557480104

New book by Gary R. Varner about the traditions and beliefs of Native Americans concerning ghosts and spirits, reincarnation and the supernatural.

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Death. We deny it. We fear it. Some of us welcome it. No matter what age we live in we keep the traditional feelings for our departed. We try to ease the soul into the afterworld as best we can. “Celebrations of life” provide a time for friends and loved ones to gather, share food and stories and grieve. Some who pass on are cremated to free the soul. Some are buried believing that the body will not become corrupted but will survive until the final judgment day. “Grave goods” are still commonly buried or are cremated as well with the body. While we believe we are more "advanced" than those who lived before us, we actually do the same things they did to honor and to provide for our deceased loved ones. We are not so very different after all. This book provides a brief survey of how America’s first people reacted to death, how they disposed of their dead, their thoughts about the spirit world and the possibilities of being reborn.  

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Review of Ghosts, Spirits & the Afterlife in Native American Folklore and Religion by Ghost Writer Review
In this informative documentary, Author, Gary R. Varner writes about the practices and beliefs of the American natives regarding life, death and spirits. Many Indian cultures are covered in this body of work that has in-depth descriptions about what happens to the soul after it leaves the body. It’s obvious the author has done a lot of research.

I found this a somewhat interesting read. It’s well put together and covers a lot. It’s an excellent read for those seeking information about the Natives beliefs. It definitely gives one something to think about.

5 Stars

Informative & Well Written

Informative, Well Written.
By Jordan on December 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Amazon Verified Purchase
The main reason why I bought this book was to add another source to my Religious Studies research paper about old Native American beliefs and religions. This book turned out to be my best and mist used source. It was very informative but also well written and mostly kept my attention.

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/22/2010
I like your cover, sounds an interesting read

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