Wakan Tanka

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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, Blazing Star, Brahmic Splendor, Center, Crown, First Mover, Formless, God, GodHead, Govinda, Great Being, Great Breath, Great Light, Great Self, Hunab Ku, Immortal Spirit, Ineffable Light, Kether, Mind at Large, Nirguna Brahman, Nondual God, Nonlocal Mind, Oversoul, Para Brahman, Primal Self, Primum Mobile, Spirit, Supreme, The Lord, The Old One, The Power and the Glory, Ultimate Supreme, Universal Being, Wakan Tanka, Wuji

Notes

Wakan Tanka is typically corrupted to mean The Great Spirit. However, Eastman notes that wakan means mystry and tanka means "great, mighy 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.
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