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"The Circle of Life" Read the following quote from Black Elk

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"The Circle of Life" Read the following quote from Black Elk, Ogafa Sioux Holy Man. "You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle and that is because the power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. Everything the power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, which Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their cjanging. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle. The nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children." II. Black Elk introduces us to the "Circle of Life" perspective on time, space, and being, which is common to many primal religions. Discuss this religious worldview in terms of its understanding and perceptions of reality, and contrast it to the more linear time, space, and being consepts of modern cultural religions in a 750-1,000-word essay. How might you compare Black Elk's ideas with the Christian view of nature and purpose of Creation? This is needed by 12/04/10
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