Seeking Life

Seeking Life

Seeking Life

Seeking Life

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This book needs no introduction, as it carries its own revelation and its own message. What I might contribute for readers who are without direct experience of Pueblo life and religion is my testimony to the essential and profound truth of the book. This testimony is not that of an anthropologist but of a layman who himself has experienced at intervals across thirty- seven years the greatness of Pueblo art, Pueblo religion, and Pueblo life philosophy.

As Dr. Laski insists, the Pueblo religious experience cannot be verbalized in any complete way. And it is a religion, or a group of related religions, totally without proselytizing impulse. Indeed, it rather assumes the incommunicability of that which we call religion, but which is to the Pueblo Indian an allembracing individual and group life way.

I do not suggest that the Pueblo religions are altogether unique in this integratedness and this union of ritualistic participation with individual intensity. But it is truly possible that nowhere in human time have there taken place more perfect flowerings of the man-society and man-society-nature relationship. And doubtless, like other flowerings, through prehistory, whose intent has been the deepening of personal and cosmic consciousness, these Pueblo religions, sooner or later, will fade away -- hence the importance of such a record as Dr. Laski is supplying.

John Collier . . .

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