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Primal Traditions

A Southwest American Indian dancer An elder in Kenya



"Our religion is the tradition of our ancestors...And is written in the hearts of our people... Our dead never forget the beautiful world that gave them being... Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed..."
- Chief Seattle, Suquamish People

"Then I was standing on the highest mountain...and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world...I was seeing in a sacred manner the shape of all things in the they must live together like one being."
- Black Elk, Oglala Sioux


The Primal Traditions are the first traditions of humankind.  As oral traditions they were passed from generation to generation.  Many primal traditions have disappeared.  Among the remaining primal traditions are the indigenous traditions of the Americas (the many First Nations of Canada and the USA), the Mayans of Central America, the many traditions of the Amazon region, the Andean traditions of Latin America, the African traditional religions, the Aboriginal religions of Australia, the Shamanic traditions of Korea, etc.  These traditions are also a part of the great global conversation emerging in our time.


Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas in Peru
Intihuatana, The Hitching Post of the Sun at Machu Picchu



Giraffes on the Masai Mara in East Africa Korean shamanic/folk dance