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The natives of New-England, according to Mr. Neal, believed not only a plurality of gods, who made and governed the several nations of the world, but they made deities of every thing they imagined to be great, powerful, beneficial, or hurtful to mankind; yet, they conceived one Al. mighty Being, who dwells in the south-west region of the heavens, to be superior to all the rest : this Almighty Being they call Kichtan, who at firft, according to their tradition, made a man and woman out of a stone, but upon some dislike destroyed them again, and then made another couple out of a tree, from whom descended all the nations of the earth; but how they came to be scattered and dispersed into countries so remote from one another they cannot tell. They believed their Supreme God to be a good Being, and paid a sort of acknowledgment to him for plenty, victory, and other benefits.
But there is another power which they called Hobbamocko, in English the Devil, of whom they stood in greater awe, and worlhipped merely from a principle of fear.
The immortality of the soul was universally believed among them; when good men die, they said, their souls went to Kichtan, where they meet their friends, and enjoy all manner of pleasures; when wicked men die, they went to Kichtan also, but were commanded to walk away; and so wander about in restless discontent and darkness for ever.