What was the religions of the Cherokee Tribe like?

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This is a great question. There are many things that can be said about the religion of the Cherokee Indians. They called themselves - Tsalagi and they lived in parts of the Alleghany mountains. Below I will name a few points about their religion.

  1. Unlike Christianity and Judaism, Cherokee religion did not have a monotheistic understanding of the gods. The believed that these gods came down to create the world. As one can imagine, they had their own stories and myths. In these stories, natural things, like animals played a prominent role. 
  2. They worshipped many things as well. However, their chief deity was the sun. They would pray to the sun for crops and other things that they needed for life. Part of the reason for this is that the Cherokee depended on a life of agriculture. 
  3. They also believed in an afterlife and this part of their religion was very moralistic. Good people went to a good place, whereas those who lived a bad life went to a place of torture. 
  4. In time, due to contact with Europeans, many Cherokee became Christians. 

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