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Old 07-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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My name is Starr, I am a Dine woman living in North Carolina. I was adopted and raised in New England by a white family and am slowly learning about my Dine heritage. I am desperatley searching for information and trying to learn about Ghost Sickness, more importantly how it is cured. I have a friend who is suffering, and has been for a long time. I have read all Western interpretations of my friends sickness, and don't question the validity of modern psychiatry. My friends' father comitted suicide when he was just a little boy. And now the boy has become a man, plagued by all the signs of Ghost Sickness.
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My name is Starr, I am a Dine woman living in North Carolina. I was adopted and raised in New England by a white family and am slowly learning about my Dine heritage. I am desperatley searching for information and trying to learn about Ghost Sickness, more importantly how it is cured. I have a friend who is suffering, and has been for a long time. I have read all Western interpretations of my friends sickness, and don't question the validity of modern psychiatry. My friends' father comitted suicide when he was just a little boy. And now the boy has become a man, plagued by all the signs of Ghost Sickness.
I was born on The Day of the Dead and let me tell you that death is natural. We all have the same fears. Best thing to do is "Cowboy Up!"
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I was born on The Day of the Dead and let me tell you that death is natural. We all have the same fears. Best thing to do is "Cowboy Up!"
You were born on October 31? Cool!

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You were born on October 30? Cool!


There are two Days of the Dead: November 1 and November 2.
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There are two Days of the Dead: November 1 and November 2.
Sorry! I meant to say October 31st, but please excuse my iffy knowledge, or lack thereof.
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actually~ some Indigenous honor these days from Oct 01 through Nov 2. It is the dominant Mexican society that appropriated the day of the dead as their own and did only one day.
So, you are saying that these so called indigenous people have a month of the dead? Who are these people? We should keep it simple, November 1 for the infants who have died and November 2 for the adults.
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I've been reading up on "Days of the Dead". The Japanese have a festival known as Oban, or Bon, which honors the spirits of their ancestors. Halloween also has some Celtic history concerning departed souls wandering about until Nov 1.

I'm not sure what all this has to do with "Ghost Sickness", but it is interesting.
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My name is Starr, I am a Dine woman living in North Carolina. I was adopted and raised in New England by a white family and am slowly learning about my Dine heritage. I am desperatley searching for information and trying to learn about Ghost Sickness, more importantly how it is cured. I have a friend who is suffering, and has been for a long time. I have read all Western interpretations of my friends sickness, and don't question the validity of modern psychiatry. My friends' father comitted suicide when he was just a little boy. And now the boy has become a man, plagued by all the signs of Ghost Sickness.
Your friend might be suffering from depression. I do, and I have been taking meds prescribed by my doctor. They make me a bit loopy, but that is much better than being suicidal, let me tell you. Perhaps all your friend needs is to see a reputable doctor.
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That is interesting.Now I suppose I should familiarize myself with Oban.

wandering spirits? Do the poor souls have no family to feed them and welcome them and tell stories about them when they return to visit?
I am partial toward the "honoring" those crossed over.
We dress up in costumes so the dead spirits cannot find us, just in case they have a bone to pick with us, so to speak.

Since I have nothing to fear from my dead, I choose to honor them. I open my door and invite them in on Halloween.

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