Creek Religion and Medicine

Creek Religion and Medicine

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Univ of Nebraska
Weaving together a wide array of historical sources with oral accounts gathered from fieldwork, this classic study provides a valuable overview of traditional Creek (Muskogee) religion and medicine. John R. Swanton visited the Creek Nation in the early twentieth century and learned about many important aspects of Creek religious life and medicine. Subjects covered in this book include Creek conceptions of the cosmos; religious stories; death and the afterlife; spiritual forces and beings; various rituals, including the Busk ceremony; prohibitions; the power and skills of different religious practitioners; the cultural force of witchcraft; and herbal and spiritual remedies. Many of these beliefs and practices have been present throughout Creek history and persist today. Creek Religion and Medicine showcases the vibrant culture of an enduring southeastern Native people.

Book News
Swanton (1873-1958) weaves together historical sources with oral accounts gathered from fieldwork during the early 20th century to overview traditional Creek, or Muskogee, religion and medicine. Conceptions of the cosmos, religious stories, death and the afterlife, spiritual forces and beings, various rituals, prohibitions, the power and skills of different religious practitioners, and herbal and spiritual remedies are among the topics. A facsimile of Religious Beliefs and Medical Practices of the Creek Indians , published in a Smithsonian Institute series in 1928; the photographs have suffered from the reproduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2000
Edition: 1st Bison books
ISBN: 9780585336763
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, [207] pages) : illustrations


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