By Erik R. Seeman
"Two thousand Wendat (Huron) Indians stood at the fringe of a major burial pit... they held of their palms the bones of approximately seven-hundred deceased family and friends individuals. The Wendats had lovingly scraped and wiped clean the bones of the corpses that had decomposed at the scaffolds. They awaited in basic terms the sign from the grasp of the ritual to put the bones within the pit. This was once the nice dinner party of the Dead."
Witnesses to those Wendat burial rituals have been ecu colonists, French Jesuit missionaries particularly. instead of being horrified by means of those surprising local practices, Europeans well-known the parallels among them and their very own realizing of demise and human continues to be. either teams believed that deceased souls traveled to the afterlife; either believed that problematic mortuary rituals ensured the secure transit of the soul to the supernatural realm; and either believed within the energy of human bones.
Appreciating each one other’s funerary practices allowed the Wendats and French colonists to discover universal floor the place there doubtless will be none. Erik R. Seeman analyzes those encounters, utilizing the banquet of the lifeless as a metaphor for broader Indian-European family in North the US. His compelling narrative provides undergraduate scholars of early the United States and the Atlantic international a revealing glimpse into this fascinating―and surprising―meeting of cultures.
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