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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Goddess #5


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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16 comments:

  1. wow she is beautiful and thank you for the info, so interesting. Annette x

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  2. Natasha! She is awesome! And you made a wonderful White Buffalo! I love the myth of White Buffalo Woman, too. It's one of the most known. Love to have you into this challenge!! :)

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  3. She is gorgeous! I have a fondness for Native American cultures!

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  4. Never heard of her before, so thanks fr the interesting explanation. Love how you have drawn her! Valerie

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  5. I read of her too...fabulous story, and her spirituality shows in your image :D XXX

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  6. love her is she going to end up for sale?

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  7. Simpatična slika in spremljajoča razlaga ♥ ♥ ♥

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  8. Prekrasna slika, bravo!

    Veliki pozdrav iz Rijeke.:)

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  9. Well done Natasha! She is beautiful! I really love her and the pipe and the white buffalo! This really speaks to me! Thank you for all the information too ;o) Hugs and have a great day!

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  10. lovely
    and how wonderful that you chose the white buffalo

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  11. Very new and interesting to read!

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  13. Its a beautiful painting...very nice!

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  14. Great story, i had never heard it! Good luck on your new class!!!

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  15. bummed she's not for sale - love her though!!!!
    cheers, dana

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