Ceremonial Objects « SHAMANISM

Ceremonial Objects

All indigenous cultures use sacred objects during ceremonial rituals. The Huichols have used various objects, such as drums and rattles, for thousands of years and continue to make and use these objects today.

Feather Wand

The Feather Wand or “Muwieri” is used for healing and also to conduct ceremonies. Constructed of the sacred Brazil wood, yarn and feathers, the muwieri has been described as an “Indian x-ray machine,” allowing the shaman to see into a patient’s body in order to locate the origin of an illness. Once the illness is located, the shaman can clear and realign the patient’s energy, using the muwieri like a paintbrush, to paint the energy.

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Medicine Basket

Probably the most sacred of objects is the “taikwasti.” This basket, made of a reed called “Sai,” is used by a shaman to store his or her Muwieris (feather wands). It is seen as an extension of an individual’s own power or “life force.” The takwasti is used when leading ceremonies and healing. Also, the basket is taken on pilgrimages to sacred places of power as a way in which to pray and store some of the place’s power.

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Incense Burner

The earth used to make the “Putsi” comes from a single cave in Huichol Sierra known as the “Cave of Grandmother Growth.” Only certain women are allowed to harvest the moist earth from the cave in order to make these incense burners. The putsi is used to hold the copal incense, called “ukwa” in the Huichol language. During ceremonies the kopal is burned in the putsi in order to attract the spirits. Also, the men will smoke themselves before going on a hunt

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