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Lisa Kemmerer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790678.001.0001

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Indigenous Traditions

Indigenous Traditions

(p.19) 1 Indigenous Traditions
Animals and World Religions

Lisa Kemmerer

Oxford University Press

The first chapter explores animal-friendly beliefs and practices from a plethora of indigenous peoples around the world, through topics such as myth and scripture, autonomy and interdependence, respect and responsibility, oneness and the afterlife, kinship and community, creation and the power of nonhuman animals (including human dependence, taboos, and rituals), interpenetrability, and hunting. The chapter concludes with the stories of two indigenous animal activists, Linda Fisher and Rod Coronado (who sank half of Iceland's whaling fleet). In this chapter, a variety of religious beliefs and practices from a diversity of indigenous peoples demonstrates that indigenous religious traditions around the world share critical similarities regarding rightful relations between humans and other animals.

Keywords:   indigenous peoples, myth, scripture, autonomy, responsibility, oneness, afterlife, kinship, creation, nonhuman animals

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