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Native Indian Rite of Passage

Native Indian Rite of Passage

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harms. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

Rito de pasaje de un Indio Nativo

¿Conoces la leyenda del rito del pasaje de la Juventud a la adultes de un indio Cherokee? Su padre lo lleva al bosque, con los ojos Vendados y le deja en paz. Está Obligado un Sentarse en un tronco toda la noche y no quitar la venda de los ojos hasta que los rayos del sol de la mañana brillen a traves de ella. El No Puede pedir ayuda a nadie Una vez que sobrevive a la noche, el se convierte en un hombre.

No puede contar a los otros chicos sobre esta experiencia, ya que cada joven debe entrar en la masculinidad por su cuenta. El niño es naturalmente aterrorizado. El Puede oír toda clase de ruidos. Las Fieras, sin duda, PASEAN a su alrededor. Quizas algun humano le puede hacer daño. El viento sopla la hierba y la tierra, y sacude la cepa, pero se sienta estoicamente, nunca quita la venda de los ojos. Sera la unica manera en qué podra convertirse en un hombre!

Por ultimo, despues de una noche horrible y aparece el sol, se quita la venda de los ojos. Es entonces cuando descubre un su padre sentado en un tronco junto a el. Ha estado ahi toda la noche, protegiendo a su hijo de cualquier daño. Nosotros tambien, nunca estamos solos. Aun cuando no lo sabemos, Dios esta velando por nosotros, sentado en el tronco A NUESTRO lado. Cuando los problemas vienen, todo lo que tenemos que hacer es llegar a El. Si te ha gustado esta historia puedes transmitirla. Si no, quitese la venda antes del amanecer.

Nut Full Moon Date: Monday, September 12, 2011


Names Given to the Moon by Other Cultures:
Colonial American: Harvest Moon
Chinese: Chrysanthemum Moon
Native American(Cherokee): Nut Moon

This full Moon is the Cherokee “Nut Moon” or the Celtic “Singing Moon.” Watch it rise as the Sun sets.

The corn harvest referred to as “Ripe Corn Festival” also known as the “Nut Moon” [spoken “Nv-da u-da-ta-nv” in Cherokee], was customarily held in the early part of this moon to acknowledge Selu the spirit of the corn. Selu is thought of as First Woman. The festival respects Mother Earth as well for providing all foods during the growing season. The “Brush Feast Festival” also customarily takes place in this season. All the fruits and nuts of the bushes and trees of the forest were gathered as this time. A wide variety of nuts from the trees went into the nut breads for the various festivals throughout the seasons. Hunting traditionally began in earnest at this time.

Nut was the goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies, a symbol of protecting the dead when they enter the after life. According to the Egyptians, the heavenly bodies—such as the sun and moon—would make their way across her body. Then, at dusk or dawn, they would be swallowed, pass through her belly during the night or day, and be reborn.

The moon continues to fascinate us with all of its mysteries.

An Indian Prayer

Cherokee On Horse

Cherokee On Horse

I give you this one thought to keep,
I’m with you still. I do no sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still, in each new dawn.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand there at my grave an cry
I am not there, I did not die.

Author Unknown.

Come Join Me On Native American Traditions

We seek to live our lives in harmony with all, knowing that we share the world with beings and powers both visible and invisible. We strive to walk the good red road. It is the link that connects us with the spirit in all things. We celebrate the changing of the seasons and the great circle of life. We honor the Earth Mother, our connection to the sacred feminine. We honor the Sky Father for balance in the dance of life. We honor the GrandMother’s and GrandFather’s of the four directions and all the ancestors inbetween. We engage in ceremony, prayer, dancing, and singing to help us to join with the Great Spirit. We wish all peoples peace, love, light, joy, and laughter. We are Free Cherokee, independant and proud.
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