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Good book on Oglala Sioux religion and spirituality.,
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This review is from: Mother Earth Spirituality: Native American Paths to Healing Ourselves and Our World (Religion and Spirituality) (Paperback)
After reading "Native Wisdom" by the same author I had to read this earlier work.
This book includes several ceremonies.
Peace Pipe Ceremony
The Sweat Lodge
Vision Quest (Crying for a vision)
Includes the legend of Buffalo Calf Woman and bringing the pipe to the Sioux.
Includes the vision of Nick Black Elk (a Sioux holyman).
Includes a Sioux-English dictionary (It can be difficult to find what you are looking for).
Includes a glossary of natural names.
Mr. McGaa describes the pipe as a portable altar. This is absolutely correct. The pipe bowl represents the feminine aspects of creation, and the stem represents the masculine forces of creation, and the smoke is offered to the seven sacred directions; N,E,S,W, Above, Below and Center.
Mr. McGaa also calls the Wotai (personal stone)as a portable altar. I disagree with this. It's true that you can present the personal stone to the directions. In my opinion; the personal stone doesn't come close to representing the level of sacredness as the pipe.
Questions or comments? E-Mail Me. Two Bears
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2008 3:51:19 PM PDT
I find Two Bears to be very articulate with his review...I have read some of the other Mc gaa books and am fascinated with the outlook on life, spirituality, and the hood winking done by religions. wado
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