Monthly Archives: June 2012

Creation: Placing the stars

“While the Sky-father and Earth-mother were together, the Earth-mother conceived in her ample wombs – the four great underworlds – the first of men and creatures. Then the two entered into council that they might provide for the birth of … Continue reading

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Creation: Dividing the waters

Being an oral tradition, there are many variations in the creation stories of the Zuni. The following is one version, as recorded by Frank Hamilton Cushing. “First, there was sublime darkness, which vanished not until Awonawilona, the “Ancient Father of … Continue reading

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The five comforts

To the Zuni, all things are the same: the substance of everything is identical. This caused much confusion for early linguistic anthropologists, who found that a single word often sufficed for several, very different  phenomena. Beyond this very basic observation, … Continue reading

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North

Primary correspondences of the sacred direction North, according to Zuni tradition: Clans: crane,  pelican grouse, sagecock yellow wooe, evergreen oak (almost extinct). Colour: yellow. Region of: force and destruction, war. Guardian: mountain lion. Seasons: winter. Elements: wind, breeze or air. Tree: Ponderosa … Continue reading

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Spirit of Serpentine

Traversing the Zuni healing set always begins with the animal fetish from which the aspirant can learn the most. The lessons of the first animal are usually the hardest, or address the area of life which causes the individual greatest … Continue reading

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… and heal

It wasn’t till many years later that my obsessive rock collecting would lead to an understanding of what they were trying to tell me! Convalescing from an unexpected rupture of a blood vessel in the brain, I grew bored and, … Continue reading

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Rocks talk…

Being brought up on a remote hill farm has its benefits. One undoubtedly being that, in the event of any weirdness, word doesn’t get out at too young an age… Having said that, the first weirdness I remember didn’t actually … Continue reading

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