Religion and Ceremonies of the Lenape

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Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1921 - Delaware Indians - 249 pages

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Page 56 - ... to get in. He seemed to be sincere, honest, and conscientious in his own way, and according to his own religious notions, which was more than I ever saw in any other Pagan.
Page 139 - At a certain point in the proceedings (I shall not attempt a consecutive description from hearsay testimony) a man stood up and recited, in a rythmical sing-song tone, his dream — the vision of power seen by him in his youth.
Page 56 - There is a Great King that made them, who dwells in a glorious country to the southward of them ; and that the souls of the good shall go thither, where they shall live again.
Page 202 - Brainerd. The Life of David Brainerd, Missionary to the Indians, chiefly taken from his own Diary, and other Private Writings. By Jonathan Edwards. Foolscap 8vo, cloth, gilt back, 2s. 6d. Brown, Rev. David. Christ's Second Coming: Will it be Premillenuial ! By the Rev.
Page 79 - ... his single arm. Then he has interviews with the Mannitto or with spirits, who inform him of what he was before he was born and what he will be after his ] death. His fate in this life is laid entirely open before him, the spirit tells him what is to be his future employment, whether he will be a valiant warrior, a mighty hunter, a doctor, a conjurer, or a prophet.
Page 42 - ... with some corn in it, and the neck of it drawn on to a piece of wood, which made a very convenient handle. As he came forward, he beat his tune with the rattle, and danced with all his might; but did not suffer any part...
Page 115 - ... of body, that he will even sweat to a foam. The other part is their cantico, performed by round dances, sometimes words, sometimes songs, then shouts, two being in the middle that begin, and by singing and drumming on a board, direct the chorus: their postures in the dance are very antic, and differing, but all keep measure. This is done with equal earnestness and labour, but great appearance of joy.
Page 41 - ... as the appearance of one who was a devout and zealous reformer, or rather restorer, of what he supposed was the ancient religion of the Indians. He made his appearance in his pontifical garb, which was a coat of bears...
Page 78 - ... upon a pole in the middle of the house. But they understand by the word manitto, every being to which an offering is made, especially all good spirits. They also look upon the elements, almost all animals, and even some plants, as spirits, one exceeding the other in dignity and power. The manittoes are also considered as tutelar spirits. Every Indian has one or more, which he conceives to be peculiarly given to assist him and make him prosper. One has, in a dream, received the sun as his tutelar...
Page 50 - It is certain, that those who yet remain Pagans, pay some kind of superstitious reverence to beasts, birds, fishes, and even reptiles ; that is, some to one kind of animal, and some to another. They do not indeed suppose a divine power essential to, or inhering in, these creatures ; but that some invisible beings — I cannot learn that it is...

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