The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees (Illustrated)

by James Mooney

Publisher: Musaicum Books

Publication Date: November 02, 2018

ISBN: 9788027245840

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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This eBook has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. 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.