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Christians preached that the followers of Christ made individual decisions regarding their beliefs, and that they chose Christian moral behaviors; thus at death Christians were separated from sinners by a judgmental God. Notions of heaven, hell, and purgatory were the very antithesis of Osage beliefs. The Osage maintained they were certain to reach the other world after death, regardless of their earthly behavior. The Osage paid little attention to the afterlife, although they believed it was much like their present-day life on the prairies, only with an abundance of game and ever-bountiful gardens.