The Cherokee Naming Ceremony

The number seven is spiritually very important to the Cherokee.  Ancient Cherokee society was grouped around the seven clans: Blue, Long Hair, Bird, Paint, Deer, Wild Potato and Wolf.  Seven also represented the levels of spiritual attainment and also the levels of material manifestation.  It was also the number of levels within the Cherokee universe.  This number was very important as part of the traditional naming ceremony.

Between four to seven days after the birth of a baby, a name would be chosen by an elder in the family, usually one of the Beloved Women.  The baby would be taken by a priest/Medicine Man and waved four times over a fire while a prayer was said. Continue reading “The Cherokee Naming Ceremony”

The Cherokee Beliefs

“The Cherokees did not separate spiritual and physical realms but regarded them as one, and they practiced their religion in a host of private daily observances as well as in public ceremonies.”

The Great Spirit – and Other Spirits

The Cherokee revere the Great Spirit, simply referred to as Unetlanvhi, or “Creator”, who presides over all things and created the Earth.  The Great Spirit is said to be omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.  The Unetlanvhi is said to have made the earth to provide for her children. Continue reading “The Cherokee Beliefs”

Cherokee: Creation and the First Men

The Cherokee myth on how the earth was formed, the first men, the origin of hunting and gathering, and the Thunder Twins. Stories that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Creation of the Earth

Long ago, there was no earth but only water.  The animal spirits lived in Gälûñ’lätï (spirit world in the sky, a vault made of solid rock) but it was becoming very overcrowded, and the animals were curious to see what was beneath the ocean.  At last, 220px-Fainsislandpage35spidera little water-beetle named Dayuni’si (“Beaver’s Grand Child”) offered to go see if it could learn.  Dayuni’si darted in every direction of the surface of the water but could find no place to rest.  Then it dived to the bottom and came up with some soft mud, which began to grow and spread on every side until it became the island which we call the earth.  Continue reading “Cherokee: Creation and the First Men”

History Lesson: Who Was Billy the Kid?

As a Western role play SIM in Second Life®, you can be whoever you want to be, and this includes an outlaw.

The “outlaw” is an iconic western character, known to have robbed banks, horses, houses, shops and more.  Many formed gangs, some which are famously known to this day.  There is much legend surrounding American History of the wild west when it comes to American outlaws and lawmen.  On occasion, the two were interchangeable and a lawman might have been a bandit previously in another state.

Today we will discuss one of the most well-known outlaws of the Old West.   Continue reading “History Lesson: Who Was Billy the Kid?”