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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 64. Do Indigenous peoples have “gods?”

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43179


What exactly do the gods stand in for? Powers? Energies? Sacred agents and spiritual agencies? The “gods”, as a concept, may reflect the non-Indigenous attempt to describe in one word the deep Indigenous analysis of how life functions, which has evolved over millennia. When one hears the idea of the gods, it is a difficult to not contrast their existence with the embedded Judeo-Christian “God” as the oppositional concept of what is true and correct.

Chapter Contributors

  • Patrisia Gonzales ( - patgonzales) 'University of Arizona'