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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Celibacy and Native American Indians

 Celibacy and Native American Indians

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Celibacy and Religious Traditions

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Native American Indians do not embrace or stress the necessity for celibacy because it is not a creative act and represents something more sterile and static, whereas sex is a natural act that is encouraged. The dichotomy between body and soul does not contribute to an emphasis on celibacy because sexuality is conceptualized as a creative power. There are examples of short‐term celibacy among some social groups for mostly religious motives, although cultural figures often give overt expression to sexuality.

Keywords:   Native American, sex, body, soul, cultural

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