Follow Up to: Why I Don't Use White Sage
One reason why I don’t think we should call what we’re doing Smudging or Saging is because we’re not doing what those words represent. Yes, it might look like it because of the similar elements & we burn them, but that’s where the similarities end.
To my limited knowledge, the Saging or Smudging ceremonies actually start with gathering and preparing the elements in special ways. The plants need to be collected in particular ways, along with certain blessings and prayers before any burning occurs. The rituals as I have read are typically done in groups led by a holy person of that group. The ceremonies are done in specific ways according to that tribes traditions and teachings.
Why I Don't Use White Sage
The Native People believe these plants are medicine & many will not sell it as their culture believes in giving healthcare versus selling it (maybe we could learn something here)
There are many other issues to unpack, but in my opinion one of the deepest ones is that, up until relatively recently there were actual laws in place that made it ILLEGAL for Native people to practice their cultural ceremonies.
Only in 1978 the Indian Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) was passed & gave back religious freedoms. So for LESS than 50 years American Indians have been "granted permissions" to practice their religious rights. (Almost unbelievable)
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