Religion is the act of recognizing that there is a superior being and thus concentrate the attention of protection, provision of all material things and also of all life to the supernatural being. In this paper, I will discuss the comparisons that the Apache and the Iroquois had in worship.
One of the differences that the two religions have is the number of ceremonies that the followers of religion have. For the Apaches, they practice various types of ceremonies and thus the significance of the number four in their religion (Martin). The ceremonies are; the harvest-time ceremony, the ritual of medicine, the ritual of the rain-fall among many other rituals. On the other hand, the Iroquois have six types of ceremonies that are of great significance to them (O’Neal et al.). These ceremonies comprise of the harvesting ceremony, the green corn ceremony, the strawberry ceremony, the ceremony of plating-time and lastly the ceremony of the maple.
Another comparison between the two religions is the acceptability of the U.S government. The Apache religion suffers a backlash from the government and thus believers of the religion are highly mistreated especially being denied the Peyote practice (Brown). They are also restrained from having medallions around their necks and many other bans that the Apaches continue to receive from the government. On the other hand, the Iroquois religion continues to enjoy the freedom of worship (Martin). They continue to enjoy the ritual of burning tobacco which they believe that the smoke from the ritual helps carry their prayers to their spirits of good.
Another comparison is that the members of the Apache religion are about to be extinct due to the oppression by the government and demolish ion of their sacred places of worship (O’Neal et al.). On the other hand, the Iroquois religion continues to thrive since its inception for it suffers no opposition.
Within the next few decades, the Apache religion will completely become non-existence while the Iroquois religion will have thrived to a greater recognition level.
Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: The Illustrated Edition an Indian History of the American West. Sterling Innovation New York, 2009.
O’Neal, Michael, et al. World Religions. Detroit, 2007.
Martin, Joel W. Native American Religion. New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.