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SJB Mama Shields Chapter 2 Vocabulary

Created By: Tristan Rivera
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ancestors
supernatural beings (or deities) who emerged and roamed the earth during the time of the Dreaming, giving shape to the landscape and creating various forms of life
axis mundi
common to many religions, an entity such as a mountain, tree, or pole that is believed to connect the heavens and earth, and is sometimes regarded as the center of the world
divination
the use of various techniques, such as throwing bones or shells and then interpreting the pattern in which they fall, for gaining knowledge about an individual's future or about the cause of a personal problem
diviners
ritual practitioners who specialize in the art of divination
The Dreaming
the mythic time of Australian Aboriginal religion when the Ancestors inhabited the earth
orishas
the hundreds of various Yoruba deities who are the main objectives of ritual attention
Quetzalcoatl
creator god worshiped at Teotihuacan and by the Toltecs
Sun Dance
Ritual of the Lakota and other tribes of the North American Plains that celebrate the new year and prepares the tribe for the annual buffalo hunt
taboo
a system of social ordering that dictates that specific objects and activities
Tenochtitlan
Capital city of the Aztec Empire, believed to be the center of the world
totem
a natural entity, such as an animal or a feature of the landscape, that symbolizes an individual group and that has special significance for the religious life of that individual or group
trickster figure
a type of supernatural being who tends to disrupt the normal course of life, found among many primal people
vision quest
a means of seeking spiritual power through an encounter with a guardian spirit or other medium, usually in the form of an animal or other natural entity
Wakan Tanka
Lakota name for the supreme reality, often referring collectively to sixteen separate deities