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The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

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Published by Michael Drake
This eBook is a reprint of the classic 1891 ethnographic study of Cherokee shamanic practice by the gifted anthropologist James Mooney. Based on several manuscripts written by Cherokee shamans, it includes the actual text of the rituals to treat various diseases, information on herbs used, love spells, hunting rituals, weather spells etc., and, in fact, embodying almost the whole of the sacred rites of Cherokee shamanism. The original manuscripts were written by the shamans of the tribe, for their own use, in the Cherokee characters invented by Sikwa'ya (Sequoyah) in 1821, and were obtained, with the explanations, either from the writers themselves or from their surviving relatives.
This eBook is a reprint of the classic 1891 ethnographic study of Cherokee shamanic practice by the gifted anthropologist James Mooney. Based on several manuscripts written by Cherokee shamans, it includes the actual text of the rituals to treat various diseases, information on herbs used, love spells, hunting rituals, weather spells etc., and, in fact, embodying almost the whole of the sacred rites of Cherokee shamanism. The original manuscripts were written by the shamans of the tribe, for their own use, in the Cherokee characters invented by Sikwa'ya (Sequoyah) in 1821, and were obtained, with the explanations, either from the writers themselves or from their surviving relatives.

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Talking Drum Publications
 
Email:talkingdrumpub@yahoo.com
 
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THE
SACRED FORMULAS OF THE CHEROKEES
by
JAMES MOONEY
7th Annual report, Bureau of American Ethnology. pp. 302-97[1891]
{p. 303}
CONTENTS
PageIntroduction 307How the formulas were obtained 310The A`yu
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inï (Swimmer) manuscript 310The Gatigwanastï (Belt) manuscript 312The Gahunï manuscript 313The Inâlï (Black Fox) manuscript 314Other manuscripts 316The Kanâhe'ta Ani-Tsa'lagï Etï or Ancient Cherokee Formulas 317Character of the formulas--the Cherokee religion 318Myth of the origin of disease and medicine 319Theory of disease--animals, ghosts, witches 322Selected list of plants used 324Medical practice--theory of resemblances--fasting--tabu--seclusion--women 328Illustration of the gakû
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ta or tabu 331 Neglect of sanitary regulations 332The sweat bath--bleeding--rubbing--bathing 333Opposition of shamans to white physicians 336Medicine dances 337Description of symptoms 337The ugista'`tï or pay of the shaman 337Ceremonies for gathering plants and preparing medicine 339
 
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{p. 304}The Cherokee gods and their abiding places 340Color symbolism 342Importance attached to names 343Language of the formulas 343Specimen formulas 344Medicine 345To treat the crippler (rheumatism)--from Gahuni 345Second formula for the crippler--from Gahuni 349Song and prescription for snake bites--from Gahuni 351When something is causing something to eat them--Gahuni 353Second formula for the same disease--A`wanita 355For moving pains in the teeth (neuralgia?)--Gatigwanasti 356Song and prayer for the great chill--A`yû
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ini 359To make children jump down (child birth)-- A`yû
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ini 363Second formula for child birth--Takwatihi 364Song and prayer for the black yellowness (biliousness)--A`yû
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ini 365To treat for ordeal diseases (witchcraft)-A`yû
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ini 366Hunting 369Concerning hunting-- A`yû
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ini 369For hunting birds-- A`yû
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ini 371To shoot dwellers in the wilderness---A`wanita 372Bear song--A`yû
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ini 373For catching large fish--A`yû
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ini 374Page.Specimen formulas-Continued.Love 375Concerning living humanity--Gatigwanasti 376For going to water--Gatigwanasti 378
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wehi song for painting--Gatigwanasti 379Song and prayer to fix the affections--A`yû
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ini 880To separate lovers--A`yû
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ini 381Song and prayer to fix the affections--Gatigwanasti 382Miscellaneous 384To shorten a night goer on this side--A`yû
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ini 384To find lost articles--Gatigwanasti 386To frighten away a storm--A`yû
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ini 387To help warriors--A`wanita 388To destroy life (ceremony with beads)--A`yû
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ini 391To take to water for the hall play--A`yû
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ini 395Page 2of 78The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee

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