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They will sit quietly in their Mesa home during the four hours it takes the eclipse to complete its journey. They will abstain from food and water. They will not bathe, comb their hair or sleep.
A Sacred Renewal
The sun and moon are powerful deities in Navajo culture. The sun controls and regulates the universe, while the moon controls and regulates the earth.
Such responsibility is draining. Navajos believe the sun dies during an eclipse — the term for the phenomenon, Jóhonaa’éí daaztsą́, means "the sun is dead" — and then is reborn through an "intimate" process between the sun and moon.
Just like you don't watch other humans or animals being intimate with each other, you don't watch the sun and moon during the renewal," Keeswood said. "You stay inside, you sit still, you don't run around."
According to traditional teachings, looking at the eclipse can cause eye problems, digestive issues, sunburns or rashes, migraine headaches or birth defects and a host of health problems. There will be negative energy released during the eclipse that can make you go crazy. A ceremony is needed to put a mother and child "back in harmony" if a pregnant woman watches the eclipse.
"As the younger generations raise their children and become more Westernized, some of the old teachings are lost".
originally posted by: ADSE255
a reply to: Asktheanimals
I'm glad you mentioned the Apache Natives. In a world of seeming chaos it's nice to see there are still sane and peaceful cultures to remind us of these treasures we would otherwise have long forgotten.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
What a difference viewing everything in nature as sacred makes.
Each thing and occurrence has meaning which creates customs to honor and reinforce that meaning.
The Apache for instance would not eat fish despite the extreme lack of food available.
The water was sacred therefore any life in it was not to be despoiled.
There is a great deal of wisdom to be learned from the customs, traditions, myths and stories of aboriginal people.