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Oral Traditions of Indigenous Religions

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Explain the advantages or disadvantages that oral traditions of indigenous religions (such as the tale "Descendants of the Eagle," originally an oral tradition) may have over written scriptures of other religions. Describe at least one aspect of indigenous religions that exists in a similar form in a traditional, mainstream religion.

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The disadvantages of oral traditions is the fact that they are malleable over time. Because they are reliant on memory, there is always the risk of the stories and traditions changing over time. This is precisely why many traditions turned to the printed word - they wished to preserve the faith and ...

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