Y.A.M.W.A.O. stands for "You And Me We Are One" lyrics written and sung by Carly Harvey; the song is inspired by the prayer "Mitakuye Oyasin" of Native Americans.
Mitakuye Oyasin (we all are connected) is a traditional prayer of the Lakota Sioux, often used as a refrain in many prayers and many songs Lakota. It reflects the intrinsic belief of most of the traditions and beliefs of Native Americans, where "everything is connected".
All Native American tribes Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, worship and prayer in this particular is used in all the ceremonies and spiritual activities held in Yankton in South Dakota, such as the Native American Church; also it is used as a final prayer at the end of other prayers, after which the sacred food or the sacred pipe is passed and shared among members of the ceremony.
In 1940 Joseph Epes Brown, wrote a study on prayer Mitakuye Oyasin and its relevance in Sioux ideology of "Connecting the bottom" and "unity".
The opening words, that give the name to the prayer, have become a "cliche" used to greet each other, especially in what concerns the rights of animals, women and in all that you can call "activism" for the Protection of Human Rights.
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