Animist Christian Faith founded in Guyana
Guyana already has an officially recognised Amerindian church - the 'Alleluia' - which was founded in the late 1800's by a Makushi prophet called Pishiwon (who incidentally received his vision while visiting the Eagle Clan Arawaks and Akawaios on the upper Demerara River); but 28 year-old Corrie believes that an accurate understanding of his ancestors ancient worship is not well reflected in the Alleluia religion.
In Corrie's own words:
Some of the beliefs of the Animist Christians are:
All living things have both spiritual and physical properties - but only Human beings have a soul which was created by the Great Holy Spirit (God) and which returns to him once the physical body has expired, physical existence is a 'school for the soul', tobacco is a holy plant and abusing it (i.e recreational smoking or combining it with any other substance) will bring ill-health to the transgressor, the full moon is a signal for ritualistic communal prayer, 4 and 9 are holy numbers, circles and triangles are holy shapes, women are physically inferior, mentally equal & spiritually superior to men, man-made foods are destructive to the human body, animals can become messengers from the Great Holy Spirit to mankind, dreams are what the soul experiences while the physical body is at rest, selective re-incarnation is possible for great human beings, generosity, bravery, loyalty and compassion are the four cardinal vitues.
There is no earthly head of the Animist Christian faith, all members are equal in the sight of the Great Holy Spirit, no-one is excluded - but the cardinal virtues must be adhered to by all members.
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