Native American and Christian Myth

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  • Cherokee Gender Roles
  • Cherokee Relationship Between Physical and Spiritual
  • Cherokee Relationship to the Physical
  • Cherokee myths had no specific roles set out for either genders. The only specification was that women were to only bear one child per year. However, this role was not as a punishment, it was simply that way when the world was first created.
  • Christian Gender Roles
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  • The Cherokee pray to and respect nature as a form of respecting God. They took what was necessary and believed that The Creator himself made every creature in the land and that since they were made last, they were to respect all the animals that came before them.
  • Christian Relationships Between Physical and Spiritual
  • Cherokee believed in respect. They thought that animals had human souls and that they came to the earth first. Due to this, they respected every animal and plant, as they felt they were sharing a land that did not originally belong to them.
  • Christian Relationship to the Physical
  • Christians believed that men were to lord over women as woman's punishment for disobeying God and eating an apple from the center tree in the Garden of Eden. The Book of Genesis led them to believe that women were made to be man's servant and companion.
  • Christians believed that they were meant to protect the land, but not respect it. When God ousted them from the Garden of Eden, they were told to guard the land, however they believed it acceptable to the take what they wanted from it.
  • Christians believed that the serpent was evil and that because of Eve's disobedience of God's word, they were charged with tending to the land for food. They believed in respecting what God gave them, so they would not be punished once more.
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