The five comforts


Father of all

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, however, there are 5 things considered essential for the comfort and sustenance of the “red people”:

The sun: the Father of all.

The earth: the Mother of men.

The water: the Grandfather.

The fire: the Grandmother.

The corn: the brother and sister of the “red people”, and the seed of all living things.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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