For 13 Goddesses challenge it's time for Native American Goddess Wohpe that is a goddess of peace. When she visited the Earth, she gave the Dakota Indians (Sioux) a pipe as a symbol of peace. Later, Wóȟpe became the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
Her story is important because of three main aspects. White Buffalo Woman herself and what she represents, the encounter with the two young men and the importance of the sacred pipe and the ritual that goes with it.
White Buffalo Woman appears in only one myth. Moreover, there is no attempt to create a whole life story for her, and she has no identifiable family or husband. She is altogether mysterious, appearing on the distant horizon, bringing gifts, and then departing. In her self-sufficiency and virgin inviolability since the coming of the Native American Church, many Native people have identified her with the Virgin Mary.
The two young men in the myth show very different attitudes towards the spirit world. One is oblivious to the woman’s power, and is reduced to bones by this encounter with her and the other recognizes her as holy spirit, respects her and is reworded for it.
Joseph Epes Brown, in Sacred Pipe, quotes the famous Lakota medicine man Black Elk’s explanation of the foolish man’s fate: ‘Any man who is attached to the senses and to the things of this world, is one who lives in ignorance and is being consumed by the snakes which represent his own passions.’
The pipe is extremely important in Lakota ritual. Its symbolism means the making of an exchange between humanity and the spirit world. It is also said it has brought them their Seven Sacred Rituals.
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