Native American Crow Prayer to Abcadadea
The Akan sections 5.15, 5.16, 5.17
Chinese Folk Story about the Ancient Earth Human
In the Native American Crow language, 'Acbadadea’ is ‘the
maker of all things'. Abcadadea is the equivalent of the Akan
While reading the book Yellowtail Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief
I came across a section of the book that I thought was most
interesting in that it paralleled Akan spirituality almost exactly. The
account is now given below:
Yellowtail crow medicine man and Sun Dance chief, pg 101
Acbadadea is the Maker of All Things. It is the name given to God, the
Maker of All things above. It is the way the Crow express God as being
in the Creator, the Maker of All Things, Who is Above and Beyond this
world but Who has created and continues to give life to this
world.[i.e. reference to Game Creator(s)]. This is what Acbadadea
When we pray, we always say our prayers in Crow. We always say,
"Acbadadea, Maker and
Creator of All things, we pray to you. You are beyond all things that
are in this world, and You are also present through all things."
We say that and then we continue on with our prayers." So when we pray
for help to the Medicine Rock or to Seven Arrows or to any of the
different Medicine Fathers, we are praying to them as representatives of Acbadadea,
[see section 5.15 of The Akan book] because they are closer to Him than
we are, and they represent Him in this world that we live in. So when
we pray to the Medicine Fathers, we pray to Acbadadea also.
...Grandmother Earth is a way of expressing that part of Acbadadea
which is created in this world, because all that we have in this world
is created by and from Acbadadea, but Acbadadea is also above all
things. It is the same for the Medicine Fathers. When I move the pipe
in a circle to all of the four directions, it also has a similar
meaning, because all the winds, the powers, and Nature, wherever you
look or wherever you go, come from Adbadadea. By recognizing this and
by thinking about this, you can understand a great deal about who you
The Crow believe that Acbadadea created the world and all the animals,
including man, a long time ago. At that time, man lived close to Nature
and to God and remembered all the things that God expected of man.
There were very few problems and everyone prayed. As time passed, men
forgot to pray and trouble began.
...It is only through the strict observance of this ceremony [the sun
dance] that our tribe and the world world can stay close to Acbadadea.
If we fail to follow the traditional ceremonies, then conditions will
become worse and worse for individuals who forget, for the tribe
itself, and for the world as a whole. Finally, the prophecies say that
when enough people have forgotten to follow the way to their Maker,
then the world will end. It is only through prayer and the observance
of the sacred rites that the world can continue. It seems that this is
a universal feeling among all Indians, because I have met many men from
different tribes who feel this way. There may be some small differences
but most of the spiritual men agree on this outlook.