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The Zuni are an Indian Tribe who resides on the ArizonaNew Mexico border along the Zuni River Physical evidence of permanent dwellings dates their existence in the region back as far as 700 CE Their first encounter with the white man came in 1540 when the Spanish met up with these people At the time Zuni who refer to them as Ashiwi were living in six separate villages The life for these agricultural people revolves around their religious beliefs They have a cycle of religious ceremonies which takes precedence over all else Their religious beliefs are centered on the three most powerful Deities Earth Mother Sun Father and Moonlight Giving Mother The Zuni are also very family and community oriented and has also endeavored to live a peaceful non-threatening existence Coming of age is celebrated differently by boys and girls A girl who is ready to declare herself as a maiden will go to the home of her fathers mother early in the morning and grind corn all day The girl is therefore declaring that she is ready to play a role in the welfare of her people When it is time for a boy to become a man he will be taken under the wing of a spiritual father selected by the parents This one will instruct the boy through the ceremony to follow The boy will go through certain initiation rites to enter one of the mens societies He will learn how to take on religious secular or political duties within that order I think that the Author in Brave New World used the Zuni Tribe to show the difference between normal living and tradition and the world that existed with soma involved Aldous Huxley put the Zuni Tribe in the story so show a since of family and togetherness which did not exist in a soma world
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