Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee

Cherokee Religion

Yowa, a Sacred Being

YO-WA (Pronounced Yo'-Way) is the Cherokee's God. He is a very sacred spirit. He is so sacred that only high priests say his name. Only YOWA could be said in a hymn, but they only sang that hymn once a year. Yowa is conceived as a unity of three beings. They were called the elderly fires above.

There were also spirits for the four directions. Theses were:

7 - A Special Number

The Cherokees think seven a very sacred number. Cherokees have seven directions, north, south, west, above, below, and here in the center. They have seven festivals, and seven heavens. since the seventh festival is so sacred, they have it only every seventh year. 7 is a very important number.

A Cherokee Festival

First New Moon Of Spring


On the first night of the festival the women danced the Friendship Dance. The next day everybody went into the temple and the chief brought out the sacred crystal. It is supposed to be able to tell the future. It really is a quartz crystal. It would tell the chief if the crops were going to be good.

They left the temple and plunged into the closest river seven times. Just before sunset everybody went into the temple again. The chief burnt tobacco flowers for religion. Then after sunset they ate.

Seven days later they met back into the temple. The re lit the sacred fire. The fire maker extinguished the altar flames and enkindled it.

What Cherokees believe sacred

 Eagles

Fire

Eagle Feathers

Rattlesnakes

Smoke

Moon

The Number 7

The Sun

Ark

Corn

Quartz Crystals

 Dances

Eagle Dance

Green Corn Dance

Warrior/Brave Dance

Friendship Dance

Round Dance

The Seven Festivals of
the Cherokee Indians

Festival Name...........English Name.............When

solutsunigististi.....Green Corn Ceromony.......August

First New Moon of Spring..First New Moon of Spring..March

Donagohuni................Ripe Corn Ceromony........September

Nuwatiegwa................Great New Moon Ceromony...October

Atohuna...................Friendship Ceromony.......Oct. or Nov.

Elawatslegi...............Bouncing Bush.............September

Uka Dance.................The Chief Dance...........Every 7 yrs.

Bibliography

Sharpe,J.Ed. The Cherokees Past and Present.

 

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