Compare and Contrasting Gender In the stories, “The Native American Church of Jesus Christ” by Emerson Spider Sr. and “Karma” by Lydia Yuri Minatoya, both of these authors show the power of women in culture and religion, while they contrast the differences between men in Native American and Asian communities. In the story “The Native American Church of Jesus Christ”, Emerson Spider narrates about his religious life and the role his mother had in preserving Peyote, a key cultural medicine and religious plant. Initially, Spiders’ people started out as a traditional church without the Bible or the presence of Christianity. Eventually they learned about the second coming of Christ, and they accepted the Lord as their personal savior, just like any other Church. “The Native American Church started out with the Half Moon way of the Peyote religion. They use what they call the “Generation Fireplace.” On the alter they mound the earth like a half-moon, and they put a little road on that mound which represents your life from the time you were born until you come to the center, and on to when you get old and go from there to death. They put the Generation Fireplace at the altar within the tipi, and at the center of the road they place the peyote.”(pg 158) Although Spiders’ people were Christians, previous religious and cultural elements (such as the peyote) remained part of their new-found Christian faith. Spider then goes on to talk about his mother. When his mother was a little girl, she became sick with tuberculosis. In those days it was considered a death sentence. “When they got home, my mother started taking that medicine, the peyote… All through that summer they (gave) her medicine, put her on a horse, and let her go out riding… After a few months she was well. She was all right.”(pg 160) Ironically, a woman was the one who was saved by the peyote. It was a woman who was the miracle and gender use of her was no mistake by Spider. It wasn’t long afterwards when the state of South Dakota brought a trail against the Native Americans for the use of peyote. The state believed that the peyote was a narcotic and should be outlawed among the Natives. In court, Spiders grandpa said, “This is good. This peyote’s good. It is good medicine and I can prove it.”(pg 160) The court then asked how he could prove it, and he turned to his daughter (who was Spiders mother) and said, “This girl had tuberculosis. The doctors gave up on her. She was placed in the sanitarium. I got her away from there. Now she’s alive today.” (pg 160) Then Spider’s mother was asked how she was healed and she responded by saying, “Through the peyote, through what we have here. I got well through that.” (pg 160). It was shortly after these comments that the court of South Dakota ruled that peyote was considered legal to all Native Americans and to their churches. The role of a woman (Spider’s mother), allowed for a key cultural element of their religion to remain. Not only did it help maintain and preserve their cultural and religious practice, but it kept the magical medicine to remain with the Native Americans. It was she, a woman who went to that South Dakota court and spoke of her religious healings. Had she not done that, the spiritual use of peyote would have been extinguished and would have disappeared from the cultural and religion of the Native peoples. In the story “Karma”, by Lydia Yuri Minatoya, she reflects on how women are involved in blood sacrifices to the mother goddess Kali. Like “The Native American Church of Jesus Christ”, women play a key role in preserving and maintaining key religious aspects of their culture. Minatoya begins by reflecting on the meaning of Karma, or in American terms, fate. She says that karma itself is often not very satisfying. Minatoya then goes on to explain that she is in the landlocked country of Nepal, a country full of poverty and sadness. It is this sadness and poverty in which the people of Nepal turn to…
Non-Western Political thought
Comparing and contrasting Hinduism and Buddhism
Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions of Ancient India. Both religions share common beliefs and have their differences. Some differences are the gods worshiped, the founders of the religions and the holy books worshiped. Both religions are similar and different at the same time. It amazing how two different religions can share so many beliefs and disagree on many other beliefs, both religions are still being…
"On many levels, Facebook is fascinating- an interactive, image-laden directory featuring groups that share lifestyles or attitudes" (Bugeja 399). Facebook is a website that is used internationally by basically anyone and everyone. Originally, Facebook was created for college, but now Facebook is used for almost anything; businesses, schools, celebrities, etc. Facebook gains millions of new members day by day and people become addicted to this social media site without even realizing it because…
English 103-11:10 am
25 March 2014
A War Within: Fighting the Demon Within You
There always comes a moment in life where you have to re-evaluate your life. Sometimes, you have to re-adjust your life to fit certain needs or wants. Other times, you just have to deal with your inner self. The inner self is something that we all have but not everyone realizes it. The basis of the books Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose…
Edmodo News Project Example
OBJECTIVE: Comparing & Contrasting Rodney King & Michael Brown
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Who is to blame in these incidents?
2. Why did people riot? Was rioting justified in some way? Why?
3. What can we learn?
INITIAL THOUGHTS IN RESEARCH (copy in your first posts & responses, if any)
1. Rodney King did run from the cops, because he was on parole, and the high speed chase that ensued I believe created something known as “cop rage”. Officers…
Comparing and Contrasting 1984 and V for Vendetta
The novel 1984 and the graphic novel V for Vendetta have similar views on how society is being run. However V for Vendetta was based on 1984 since 1984 was written before V for Vendetta. Both of these novels are similar in a way like the themes and how the male protagonists are the one in charge of overturning the government.
The first similarity between 1984 and V for Vendetta is that the society is being run by totalitarian rule. It is the government…
The cartoon features four panels with three female characters with narrations and speech bubbles to emphasize dialogue and the message regarding women’s rights and sex stereotyping. The context of the cartoon is to show the inequalities between genders. This is evident, when the women begin to associate boys with certain stereotypes such as “strong” and “tough”. Therefore indicating that women and girls today are portrayed to be the opposite.
The first example of sex stereotyping is seen in the…
Comparing and Contrasting
“Young Goodman Brown” and “The Lottery”
By: Wayne Gillard II
Professor C. Givens
Essay 1 Outline
Thesis: The literary works of “The Lottery” and “Young Goodman Brown” both appear to show the fallibleness of human behavior and judgment.
I. Introduction/Statement of Thesis
II. Themes and Author’s Purpose
a. The Lottery
i. The hazards of following tradition or living according to…
Dr. William Bedford
10 September 2013
Comparing and Contrasting “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning”
In William Faulkner’s short stories “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” the characters are both guilty of committing terrible crimes. However, Miss Emily in “A Rose for Emily” and Abner Snopes in “Barn Burning” are both portrayed very differently from each other. A few things to consider while reading these short stories is how each of these characters is characterized…