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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 41. What is a Land-based religious tradition?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43156


What does it mean for land, or a specific site, to be considered sacred? What does it mean to base a whole religious tradition on the sacredness of a place? I explore these questions in this chapter, but instead of turning to the usual suspects of religious studies (e.g., Mircea Eliade), or to my own religious tradition (Judaism), for answers, I turn to Native scholars (e.g., Vine Deloria, Jr.), who explain their religiosity while connecting the sacredness of the land with land dispossession.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dana Lloyd ( - dlloyd) 'Villanova University'