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Thread #17456   Message #168839
Posted By: GUEST,Okiemockbird
26-Jan-00 - 06:48 PM
Thread Name: REQ: Native Amer Songs
Subject: RE: REQ: Native Amer Songs
katlaughing, what is the precise title of the "Libana book" ?

I'd be skeptical of any song called "The Earth is Our Mother" being a "traditional" song in the sense of clearly reflecting the content of any pre-contact Indian religion. (It might be "traditional" in some other sense.) The ancient Greeks belived that Gea was the mother of the gods. The ancient Romans sacrificed every year to Tellus Mater. I have yet to see reliable evidence of an earth-mother (as opposed to, say, a corn-mother) in any pre-contact Indian religion. That doesn't mean there wasn't one--the Lakota, in some of their rituals, mention in passing a "mother and grandmother" earth, but I don't know how far back this tradition goes--but the trail is confused by contact with the clear European tradition of "Mother Earth".

T.