Wakan Tanka

Wakan Tanka is the Lakota name for The Fabric of Consciousness

Syncretic Terms

Fabric of Consciousness > Absolute Mind, Adhi Buddha, Ain Soph Aur, Al-Haqq, Allah, Ancient One, Blazing Star, Brahman, Brahmic Splendor, Crown, Divine Fire, First Mover, Formless, God, GodHead, Govinda, Great Being, Great Breath, Great Light, Great Self, Guardian Angel, Immortal Spirit, Ineffable Light, Kether, Mind at Large, Nam Shé, Nirguna Brahman, Nondual God, Nonlocal Mind, Oversoul, Primal Self, Primum Mobile, Purusha, Realms of Consciousness, Simurg, Spirit, Supreme, Supreme Spirit, The Dreaming, The Lord, The Old One, The One, The Power and the Glory, Unconsciousness, Universal Being, Universal Deity, Wakan Tanka, Wuji

Notes

Wakan Tanka is typically corrupted to mean The Great Spirit. However, Eastman notes that wakan means mystery and tanka means "great, mighty or supreme."[1]

The highly ethnocentric and frankly offensive Dr. Charles Eastman notes that the Sioux did not believe they were worthy of directly approaching (i.e. connecting) with Wankan Tanka.[2] This may explain the Native American emphasis on Shamanic Drumming to induce a Trance Connection, rather than a more direct and unmitigated connection to The Fabric

Footnotes

  1. Eastman, Dr. Charles A. "Sioux Mythology." The International Folk-Lore Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition. Eds. Basett, Hellen Wheeler and Frederick Starr. Vol. I: Charles H. Sergel Company, 1898. 222.
  2. Eastman, Dr. Charles A. "Sioux Mythology." The International Folk-Lore Congress of the World's Columbian Exposition. Eds. Basett, Hellen Wheeler and Frederick Starr. Vol. I: Charles H. Sergel Company, 1898. 225-6.