magnificent. The Lenni Lenape tribes of the East, as well as many other native peoples, believed that a piece of the divine creator was present within every aspect of nature.
In Lenape, the word “Manitowuk” can be translated as the spirit, or life force, that dwells within natural objects. That divinity lies not merely in the soul itself, but in all things wrought of nature. A tree, the sunlight, a fawn in the forest, a beautiful stone outcrop that has been forged over eons through rain and snow. Who is to say these things are not mystical and to be treated with reverence?
So tell me, is this blasphemous idol worship? Non-Christian, savage? Hardly. It is simply an inherent appreciation for all things in nature, and the role they play in this massive and divine ecosystem known as Earth, no matter how minute. Rethink your priorities today. Look up, look down, and breathe in deeply. There are Manitowuk all around you, and they sustain your existence.
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