We Fear…

“We fear the weather spirit of earth, that we must fight against to wrest our food from land & sea. We fear Sila [the airgod]. We fear death and hunger in cold snow huts. We fear Takanakapsaluk, the great woman down at the bottom of the sea, that rules over all the beasts of the sea. We fear the sickness we meet with daily all around us; not death, but the suffering. We fear the evil spirits of life, those of the air, of the sea, and the earth, that can help wicked shamans to harm their fellow man. We fear the souls of dead human beings and of the animals we have killed. Therefore it is that our fathers have inherited from their fathers all the old rules of life which are based on the experience & wisdom of generations. We do not know how, we cannot say why, but we keep those rules in order that we may live life unhindered.” –Aua, Inuit/ Eskimo in the early 1920’s


See also Eternity in Their Hearts and others by the same author.  Many native religions are not ( as westerners fondly imagine in their special version of the noble savage of Rousseau fairy tale) kindly, harmonious with nature, feel good practices. They are placatory, born in fear, seeking to protect themselves from a terrifying array of unseen but powerful malign forces they believe are all around them.

Christianity is deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and entrance to the kingdom of light.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the mage of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1

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