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Cherokee Beliefs Concerning Death Most of what Will West Long told me about Cherokee funeral practice had to do with doctoring, and with the theories and practice of doctoring, conjuring, and witchcraft. Will said that his original apprenticeship in doctoring, beyond what he learned from his mother, was with Charlie Lossiah.…

Religion and expressive culture - Cherokee

Feb 03, 2012 · Death and Afterlife. Native beliefs ascribed death, like disease, to evil spirits and witches. Death was feared and so, too, were the evil spirits connected with death. There was also a belief in an afterworld, or "nightworld," to which the ghosts or souls of the deceased desired to go.…

Cherokee funerary rites: death, mourning and purification

A far as the afterlife concerns, views differed according to what individual Cherokees believed about the powers who created and ruled the earth. Worshippers of the sun believed that at death the soul assumed different appearances and at first lingered about the place where the person had died for as long as the time as the person had lived there.…

Native American Afterlife Mythology

Native American Afterlife Mythology Native American beliefs about the afterlife vary greatly from tribe to tribe. In the traditions of many Native American tribes, the souls of the dead pass into a spirit world, where they can occasionally still communicate with the living through dreams or the intercession of medicine people.…