Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": 'GIVE THANKS TO MOTHER EARTH'

PAWNEE TRIBE- OKLAHOMA


Behold! Our Mother Earth is lying here.

Behold! She giveth of her fruitfulness.

Truly, her power gives she us.

Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here.

Behold on Mother Earth the growing fields!

Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!

Truly, her power gives she us.

Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here.

Behold on Mother Earth the spreading trees!

Behold the promise of her fruitfulness!

Truly, her power gives she us.

Give thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here.

We see on Mother Earth the running streams,

We see the promise of her fruitfulness.

Truly, her power gives she us.

Our thanks to Mother Earth who lieth here!


Alice C. Fletcher, The Hako, a Pawnee Ceremony, in Twenty-second Annual Report, part 2, Bureau of American Ethnology (Washington, D.C., 1904), P. 334

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