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Iroquois' Burial Practices

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Lynn Phan

on 9 July 2014

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Table of Content
Creation Story
Death
Ceremonies
Purpose
After Death
Death
When one dies:
a path of destiny => journey after life
spirit forces try to disrupt the soul's journey
death is taken by "the faceless one"
getting used to death and prepared for journey
Purpose
Works Cited
of the burial practices
acknowledges that the spirit will live forever
the soul returns to 'the creator'
while the body returns to mother nature
deceased is released from earthly duties
After-Death
the deceased is:
returned home in order to:
be cleaned, washed, and dressed in traditional clothes
wake is at the home
funeral takes place at the long house
family remains with the body until burial
Ceremonies
for the deceased
a speech is made by the chief at bedside
to release spirit from duties on Earth
provide sanction for them to move to the Skyworld
all deceased's cares and wishes will be taken care of
home ceremony - burning of tobacco, a repenting ritual, releasing the spirit
10 days duration
Iroquois' Burial Practices
By: Janat I. & Lynn P.
Life On Earth
Spirits in Heaven
Beings in Skyworld
Creation Story
Creation Story
There is:
Upper world of benevolence
Lower world of disarray
Humans have to negotiate between these spheres in life and death
Iroquois creation myth
Ramsden, Peter. "Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., 14 Dec. 2006. Web. 8 July 2014. <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/iroquois/>

Anderson, Ian. "Indigenous Perspective on Death and Dying." University of Toronto. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 July 2014. <http://www.cme.utoronto.ca/endoflife/Slides/PPT%20Indigenous%20Perspectives.pdf>
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