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Aboriginal Spirituality; The Peacemaker

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The Peacemaker

The Peacemaker is a central figure to their culture and religion. Iroquois nations believe that you sholdn't say the Peacemakers name, Dekanawida, until the end of the world when his name will be called.

  • Born of a virgin Huron maiden.
  • His grandmother ordered her daughter to drown him in icy water because there was no father.
  • Daughter wouldn't do it, so the grandmother tried herself, unsuccssful.
  • She now knew that he was special and was to be a great man.
  • The Huron people beat him.
  • Was foretold  in a dream to live with another Irouois nation, Mohawk.

 

Message has three main parts:
  • Righteousness (justice)
  • Health (soundness of mind and body)
  • Power ( authority of law and custom, and religion, for justice enforced is the will of the Holder of the Heavens )

While living with the Iroquois nation...
 
There was a evil wizard, Tadodaho, the Peacemaker chanted songs of peace before the wizard. The moment the Peacemaker was able to touch the Tadodaho, the wizard's body became straight and his mind healthy. With no more evil, the Peacemaker gathered the Five Nations and planted the Tree of Peace in the Onondaga nation. He said its roots would go north, south, east, and west. At the top was placed an eagle that would see afar and warn the nations of danger.
 
He then delivered a message that said, "The Great Law of Peace". The message incuded one hundred laws governing funerals, clans, adoption, and emigration, among other things.

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