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 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”
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, a 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”