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Burning sage around cats' graves
There are two reasons why we burn sage during ritual: the scent of the smoke and the smell of the herbs. They're both important.
Sage is a strong, potent herb, and I have been told it smells good. The smoke itself is very powerful and is used in ceremonies for purification, purification of the room, and even as a powerful smoke bath.
But if you think about the herb itself, the smell isn't very good.
It has an aroma similar to that of dirty dishwater, but not quite as pleasant.
The smell of the herbs also permeates the room where the ceremony is taking place. If you've ever attended a Native American sweat lodge ceremony, you've smelled this powerful herb.
I was rsed in the Eastern Shoshone nation and was initiated into a sweat lodge ceremony when I was 19. I can't say for sure, but I suspect that it's a tradition from the Blackfoot nation.
The smell of sage permeated the entire lodge. It was an incredible experience.
The sage smelled awful in the lodge, and if I didn't have the benefit of the lodge's powerful sweat, the smell would be unbearable.
That's why the burning of sage is important.
In addition to the purification aspects of sage, there's a spiritual benefit to the smoke as well.
Sage is used in many Native American ceremonies, including for purification and sweat lodge rituals. (Photo: Shoshone-Bannock tribe)
According to my mentor, the sage burns clean the lodge and the lodge burns out the bad energies. It also absorbs the negativity from the lodge and the spirits from the ceremony.
When the sage burns, it creates a vacuum. If you think about it, the vacuum sucks the bad energies out of the lodge. It also removes all of the residue from the previous ceremony.
I was taught this by a mentor who taught me about healing.
In Native American ceremonies, sage is also burned after the ceremony.
The smoke from the sage burns leaves a clean, clean scent in the room. It's one of the reasons that Native Americans use sage in ceremonies.
In addition, many Native Americans use sage to smoke tobacco as a part of their tobacco pipes.
The smoking of tobacco is important in the healing arts. It allows a person to communicate with their spirit helpers, as well as to access the power of the spirits through their smoke.
The smoking of sage also has many purification benefits, as I've explned in another post.
Burning sage around graves is also important.
I've seen a few different ways that this is done.
The easiest way is to burn sage in the graveyard. I've seen this done with sage that's been purchased. The sage was placed on the graves of recently deceased loved ones, and it was left burning all day.
This seemed like a good idea.
When the person who is burning sage is finished, it's important to take the sage to the gravesite. It is not appropriate to burn sage in a graveyard without doing so.
This is very powerful.
Burning sage around graves seems to be part of the tradition that I've encountered, but there are other traditions, as well.
According to the Eastern Shoshone tribe of the Bannock and Shoshone nations, sage is burned near the bodies of the dead as part of a cleansing ceremony.
A Bannock and Shoshone man stands beside a graveyard while burning sage in this photo. (Photo: AP)
According to legend, if a man's wife has been taken away by another man, or if a man is being haunted by another man's ghost, sage must be burned near the gravesite.
The ashes from the sage will protect the grave and prevent a man from being haunted by the ghost of his former wife, or by the ghost of another man.
Sage is used in a ceremony to honor the dead. (Photo: AP)
I've also read about the practice in the Bannock and Shoshone traditions, which I think is more appropriate for the burial grounds that I've seen.
In addition to burning sage around the graves, sage is also burned during a cleansing ceremony.
According to this legend, sage is burned around a woman who is being haunted by ghosts of a dead man and his unborn son.
The spirits of the man and his unborn son are purged by the smoke from the burning sage.
It's also important to remember to burn sage as a cleansing ceremony for yourself, as well.
One of the first things that I learned about the tradition of burning sage was that I needed to cleanse myself. I had been seeing ghosts since I was a young child, and I wanted to rid myself of the ghosts that were haunting me.
This ceremony, called a sweat, was supposed to get rid of the bad spirits and bad energies that were being put out by my ghostly friends.
Sage is used in Native American ceremonies, including a traditional sweat lodge ritual. (Photo: AP)
According to legend, I was supposed to cleanse my body in the sweat, and then I was supposed to bathe in the waters of the sweat lodge.
The bathing is supposed to wash the sweat off of me.
The sweat lodge ceremony has many benefits, and I wrote about the spiritual power of this ceremony in a previous post. I've learned from another mentor that it is a way to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
According to a mentor from another tribe, the Native American tradition of sweat lodges also cleanses the spirit. He told me that it was an ancient way to cleanse the spirit of a person who has died and that it also cleanses the spirit of a person who has a disease.
Another tradition that I've heard about is to burn sage on a person's head and in their chest during a healing ceremony.
I have not seen this done and would not recommend that anyone do this.