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In Traditional Religions symbols are used to demonstrate the metaphysics of nature in rituals Symbols have been and continue to be an active part of many religions including those characterized as Traditional Religions However the term symbol is not that easily defined When someone makes reference to a symbol one is to think that they mean either an object or a drawing of some kind but it gets more complicated than that Take the case of the Bushman these people have a dance that they perform this dance is a description of a journey through the realm of mythological symbols Now these mythological symbols cant be drawn or held in ones hand but they are portrayed in a very sacred dance It is these symbols in this Bushman ritual that connect these people to their ancestors both spiritually and metaphysically Words too can also be symbols and these words to some Traditional Religions can convey great power The Sioux Indians have a religion littered with symbols Probably the most prominent symbolism in the Sioux religion is the color The four main colors or true colors in the Sioux religion are red white black and yellow It is these four colors that give the Sioux Indians the four directions or in other words a trail toward their prayers There is more to the Sioux religion than just colors The Sioux believe that life itself is a symbol a symbol to be lived It is from this belief in life that the Sioux received their most important symbol the stone There is a myth in the Sioux religion titled Stone Boy In this myth a young girl distraught over the death of her brothers tries to commit suicide by swallowing stones Ironically enough the complete opposite happens life starts developing inside of her In a very short time she gives birth to a boy a Stone Boy This Stone Boy avenges the death of his uncles
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