Nez Perce (Niimíipuu) Religious Traditions - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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The WÉeyekin System

The Nez Perce, like many cultures throughout the Columbia Plateau, base their belief system upon the wéeyekin (spirit guardian), also called the spirit-guardian tradition. The wéeyekin system consists of a core set of religious beliefs centering on the existence of transcendent power as well as a set of unifying cultural practices that integrate such beliefs into Nez Perce society. A fundamental notion informing the wéeyekin system is the existence of an innate power or force in the universe. Elements of this power can become manifest as superhuman agents or spirit beings who become attached to individual human beings. Once acquired, a wéeyekin acts as a lifelong tutelary to its human recipient.

A wéeyekin is obtained through a childhood spirit-guardian quest, inheritance...

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