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Indigenous Traditions

Lisa Kemmerer

in Animals and World Religions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790678
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790678.003.0002
Indigenous Traditions

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The first chapter explores animal-friendly beliefs and practices from a plethora of indigenous peoples around the world, through topics such as myth and scripture, autonomy and interdependence, respect and responsibility, oneness and the afterlife, kinship and community, creation and the power of nonhuman animals (including human dependence, taboos, and rituals), interpenetrability, and hunting. The chapter concludes with the stories of two indigenous animal activists, Linda Fisher and Rod Coronado (who sank half of Iceland's whaling fleet). In this chapter, a variety of religious beliefs and practices from a diversity of indigenous peoples demonstrates that indigenous religious traditions around the world share critical similarities regarding rightful relations between humans and other animals.

Keywords: indigenous peoples; myth; scripture; autonomy; responsibility; oneness; afterlife; kinship; creation; nonhuman animals

Chapter.  17456 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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