I have always hated the idea of the Thanksgiving holiday. I know the story of the "first Thanksgiving" they teach in school is a crock and feel that continuing the tradition is only supporting the continued destruction of the Native cultures. So, I always sit out dinner and spend the day doing my own thing...
But I saw another mom say in a post that she felt the same as I and that she preforms a small ritual with an offering to the "Spirit of the Natives" in order to honor their memory.
I really love this idea but don't know to much about how to do this. In fact I don't have a clue. Is there someone that could at least point me in the right direction?
Any help would be great! Thanks to you all! - I'm still kinda new, so be nice please!
Asked by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Nov. 22, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:35 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Answer by nysa00 at 1:35 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Answer by NightPhoenix at 1:42 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Some interesting facts about Thanksgiving.
Thanksgivings have been held for hundreds of years but were holy days proclaimed by a king or spiritual leader. People went to church for long services thanking God for something specific (the recovery of a king from disease, a win in battle, etc.). A meal was not any particular part of it.
Thanksgiving in America began as a regular holiday thanks to magazine articles (& lobbying) by Sarah Josepha Hale, Lincoln decided it would be good to unite the nation during the Civil War.
The Plymouth celebration was not a Thanksgiving, was not planned but spontaneous & the NAs probably weren't invited.
Answer by nysa00 at 1:49 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:50 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Answered at 1:50 PM on Nov. 22, 2009 by: Anonymous But this is something I want to do on the American Thanksgiving to honor the Natives who were snuffed out by the "white man." And make restitution for the crimes my ancestors committed against them.
That does make a lot of sense. While I make the holiday acceptable for my family by removing the artificially inserted association, the association is there, making it a perfect time for rituals of healing.
Answer by nysa00 at 1:56 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Yup, research Mabon - a harvest holiday with more of a purpose than to dress up like Pilgrims and pretend we're thankful for their ruthless killing of Indians.
Mabon is in September though, and aside from some smaller, often personal things, there's not really a Pagan celebration in November.
Answer by RanaAurora at 3:01 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
Answer by LindaClement at 3:10 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
This is what my Circle and I did for Mabon this year...and I've done it in past years on or around the American Thanksgiving.
Answer by MamaK88 at 4:48 PM on Nov. 22, 2009
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