Friday, October 8, 2010

The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

The sacred formulas here given are selected from a collection of about six hundred, obtained on the  Cherokee reservation in North Carolina in 1887 and 1888, and covering every subject pertaining to the daily  life and thought of the Indian, including medicine, love, hunting, fishing, war, self−protection, destruction of  enemies, witchcraft, the crops, the council, the ball play, etc., and, in fact, embodying almost the whole of the  ancient religion of the Cherokees. The original manuscripts, now in the possession of the Bureau of  Ethnology, were written by the shamans of the tribe, for their own use, in the Cherokee characters invented by  Sikwâ[']ya (Sequoyah) in 1821, and were obtained, with the explanations, either from the writers themselves  or from their surviving relatives.

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