Encyclopedia of World Mythology
The myriad rituals used by medicine men, shamans and elders to call upon the spirits, the customary beliefs in the powers of the gods, and the social and cultural influences behind these beliefs are all explained within this volume.
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Arctic peoples , animals are spiritual beings endowed with souls . ... Sedna
seized this and myths describe how the animal must opportunity to leave the
island and be propitiated and respected in order to stepped into the stranger's
boat . ward ...
RESPECT FOR THE SOULS OF ANIMALS ornamental , religious or ritual
reasons , and , as the image is believed to contain the essence of the animal
itself , the hunter can influence the spirit of what he is about to hunt . heavy storm ,
Animals can marry humans , and the children of such unions possess a human
intellect combined with animal strength . Animal tales were sometimes told during
the hunt when a storm forced the hunters to take shelter ; and then the storyteller
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