Last Words

February 29, 2008

As a conclusion, we figured we should write something about what we feel we’ve learnt during this project.

When noticing the differences between the two cultures, the religious purposes in the Indian art are easily seen, but among the Native Americans, art is usually practised for functional purposes only, or decoration for such objects as canoes, dresses, containers etc. Another difference is obviously the religions; the Indians are Hindus while the Native Americans are Pagans / Christians. Music is an essential difference too, because most of the American Indians’ songs have spiritual purposes such as healing, while in India it is mainly practised to satisfy own feelings or tell stories and other less religious or spiritual ways.

As a contrast, what makes them alike are how they practice ceremonies and rituals and how they let religion influence their lives hugely. Families and nature are main focuses to both cultures, and they have very close relations to their fellow creatures on earth. As an example is their huge respect for the elders and especially the animals surrounding them.

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