How Does the Iroquois’ Religious Beliefs Differ From Christianity?

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The Indigenous people of America are called Native Americans or often referred to as “Indians”. They make up about two percent of the population in the United States and some of them still live in reservations. They once lived freely in the wilderness without any sort of influence or exposure from the Europeans who later came in the year of 1492, and therefore their culture is very different from ours.. In the following essay we will discover some differences between the religious beliefs of the Native American Iroquois and Christianity to see if the culture and ways of living have an effect on the view of religion, but we will also get to know some similarities between them. I am going to be focusing on the Iroquois, which are the …show more content…
The creator God can be looked upon as more loving and caring, especially for the nature and the descendants.

Every Christian has heard of the Ten Commandments, but Christianity is not the only religion or belief system with a set of guidelines you should follow. The Iroquois do not have an official written list of commandments, but they have “norms” you should aim to obtain. They all base around being thankful for everything in life, having respect for nature and the people around you and wanting the best for others. One code of Ethics which clearly illustrates this is the following; “The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.” Here you can see how they care about each other in a respectful way, which can also be applied to nature – if nature is hurt, human beings will be affected too (e.g. global warming). In contrast a Christian is not required to be grateful for anything else than the holy Lord and is encouraged to not go against this one God. Besides this, the Christian is commanded to not steal, kill and covet. The focus of the religions can absolutely show us the environment and the life situation of the community following these certain beliefs. If we had no knowledge about the background history of the Iroquois or the Christians we could make up an idea of the Iroquois living in nature and the Christians living in a more modern and contrasting society. Culture and the structure of living are

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