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Osage - Native American Indians - Sacred pipe

Identifier

003422

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

War Ceremony and Peace Ceremony of the Osage Indians [Bureau of Ethnology] – Francis La Flesche 1939

 These people had a pipe
which they made to be their body
O Honga, I have a pipe that I have made to be my body
If you also make it to be your body
you shall have a body that is free from all causes of death
Behold the joint of the neck, they said
that I have made to be the joint of my own neck
Behold the mouth of the pipe
thatI have made to be my mouth
Behold the right side of the pipe
That I have made to be the right side of my body
Behold the spine of the pipe
that I have made to be my own spine
Behold the left side of the pipe
that I have made to be the left side of my body
Behold the hollow of the pipe
that I have made to be the hollow of my own body
Behold the thong that holds together the pipe and the stem
that I have made to be my windpipe
....use the pipe as an offering in your supllications
your prayers shall be readily granted

The source of the experience

Native American Indians

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Sacred pipe

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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