Religion was a vital. everday part of their lives. It was based on two basic sets of beliefs: 1. Individuals were particularly receptive to the supernatural effects at birth, puberty and death. 2. The Spirit continued to exist after death.
All religious activities were lead by the shaman. He was responsible for the practice of medicine through religiousd rituals. Others were allowed to practice medicine with herbal remedies and other non-religious practices.
The circle was particularly religious importance. Most houses were built in circles. Religious dances were also done in circles.
When a tribal member died, the body, along with the personal belongings, was burned. Tribal relatives would give speeches and wail during the burning. Followed by a mourning period that could last from four to eight days. The name of the dead would never be mentioned again. It was thought to be bad luck, since their spirits continued to exist.
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