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Knowing Oneself, Knows the World The colonization of civilizations has changed the world's history forever. From the French, Spaniard, and down to the English, have changed cultures, traditions, religions, and livelihoods of other societies. The Native Americans, for example, were one of the many civilizations that were conquered by the English. The result was their ways of life based on nature changed into the more "civilized" ways of the colonists of the English people. Many Native Americans have lost their old ways and were pulled into the new "civilized" ways. Today only a small amount of Native American nations or tribes exist in remote areas surviving following their traditions. In the book Ceremony, a story of a man named Tayo, did not know himself and the world around him but in the end found out and opened his eyes to the truth. However the Ceremony's main message is related not only to one man but also to everything and everyone in the world.

It is a book with the message that the realization of oneself will open the eyes to see what is truth and false which will consequently turn to freedom.

Tayo faced a struggle of recognizing his essence: the true definition of himself outside and most especially inside. Being a half Native American and half-Caucasian in an environment of a Native American tribe in Laguna, he was constantly reminded of being an outcast. Externally, whenever he would try to fit in any of his race, both sides would reject him with ridicules. As Emo stated against Tayo, "There he is. He thinks he's something all right. Because he's part white. Don't you, half-breed?" It presented hatred from a full-blooded Native American because, "the only reason for this hate was that Tayo was part white." In fact...