Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 09:55:12 -0800
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: 'supernatural' vs 'natural'
okay, okay -- one more and I'll stop.
The last few conferences I've gone to, I've heard non-Indians talking about
Indians (ie, American Indians) praying to spirits and in the same breath use
the word 'supernatural'. Sounds okay? I've piped up at each of these talks
and said that as far as I know, this is what Indians call 'NATURAL' -- and
that we've moved so far away from the concept of natural that we've had to
coin a new word, 'supernatural' to use in such circumstances. Weird, huh?
Does anyone know when the languages of Euroculture began using 'supernatural'
to refer to nature spirits? or Spirit? Always? Or was there a point at which
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"