Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants

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Sacred plants play an active role in traditional Native American ceremonies and rituals. Plants of Power lends clarity to the origins and purpose of these plants and the role of plant helpers in ritual communication with the spirit world. Newly revised, this illustrated guidebook gives traditional uses and anecdotes about the plants including many insights gathered from oral traditions. A valuable addition to the herbal library.

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Overview

Sacred plants play an active role in traditional Native American ceremonies and rituals. Plants of Power lends clarity to the origins and purpose of these plants and the role of plant helpers in ritual communication with the spirit world. Newly revised, this illustrated guidebook gives traditional uses and anecdotes about the plants including many insights gathered from oral traditions. A valuable addition to the herbal library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570671302
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,046,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Part I
The Use of Sacred Plants in Ceremony
The Ancestors Help Us to Practice 14
Prayers for First Things
The Birth of Things, Morning Prayers 19
First Rituals
Prayers and Incense Offerings at Birth, Separation from the Mother, Baby-Naming 21
Rites of Initiation, Rites of Passage 24
Preparing for Womanhood 25
Preparing for Manhood 26
Crying for a Vision Ceremony 27
Sweat Lodge Ceremony 29
The Sun Dance 32
Rites of Last Things
The Keeping of the Soul Rite 36
Releasing of the Soul Rite 41
Ceremonies and Prayers, the Use of Cedar and Juniper, Before Bedtime 44
The Four Directions 46
Winnebago Prayer 51
Part II
The Plants
Incense Cedar 54
Red Cedar 60
Copal 62
Juniper 68
Lavender 72
Mugwort 76
Osha 79
Pinon, Nut Pine 82
White Sage 86
Desert Sage 89
Sweet Grass 92
Ceremonial Tobacco 97
Red Willow Bark, Red Osher Dogwood 111
Yerba Santa 115
Bibliography 120
Index 122
About the Author 128
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    good for research

    This book is easy to use and easy to understand. A good addition to a healing library.

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