“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.” Native spirituality and Hinduism have many things in common but also have many differences. They both share the same kindness and respect for the world and for the people who inhabit the land. People who worship the religion of Hinduism try to seek God’s wisdom on a deep personal level where as Natives also do the same. Hindus and Natives are different in many ways but are also the same in plenty ways.
Some differences between Hinduism and Native Spirituality are that Hindu practices and rituals generally involve seeking awareness of God. In contrary to Native practices and rituals which involve such things as, healing circles, sweat-lodge ceremonies, and sweet grass ceremonies. Hindus also believe that they were born into a caste system. They believe that if they live their life, as God would want then to, and then they are reborn, and will be born into a higher caste system. Until they reach Brahman, the eternal essence of reality. The Aboriginals do not believe in the caste system. In Native Spirituality the rite of passage is completely different than that of Hinduism. In Native Spirituality the rites of passage test your ability to survive alone, some are even inhuman. For example, a tribe in northern Africa’s rite of passage starts when the boy turns twelve years of age, his rite of passage ceremony is to go out into the river, catch a crocodile and kill it. After the boy has killed the crocodile he is to bring it back to the tribe in order to prove he has successfully completed the first part of his rite of passage. He does this to show that he has control over the top predator. In respect to the crocodile the boy is given cuts on his back with a blade in specific pattern. This is because when it heals his back will have markings on it just like that of a crocodile.
The purpose of this essay is to present the spiritual world of the Native Americans, which is one of the oldest forms of Spirituality that exists on earth. The main reason why I have chosen this topic is because I want to find out more information about their spiritual dimension and perhaps to understand better the main differences between our religion and theirs. In order to better observe this ...
The similarities between Native Spirituality and Hinduism are; they both believe in re- incarnation. Both religions believe that after death a person is re-incarnated, but Hindus believe that you would come back as someone else. The Natives believe that you would come back as an animal; an example would be the movie “Brother Bear”. The concept of God is also similar. In Hinduism they believe that there is one God but there are also many smaller Gods underneath. The same goes for Native Spirituality, they believe that there is one God that created the universe but there are also other Gods that keep them safe and help them survive. Both Hinduism and Native Spirituality pray to God before they kill an animal as a prayer for the animal that sacrificed its life for them.
Although natives and Hindus have different views of Gods that they try to seek his wisdom through special rituals. Both religions have special ceremonies to initiate the boys into their culture whether it’s killing a crocodile or a sweat lodge ritual they both try to find a deeper meaning of God.