The Book of Ceremonies: A Native Way of Honoring and Living the Sacred

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New World Library, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
In The Book of Ceremonies, Gabriel Horn offers a tapestry of stories, poems, prayers, and love songs describing the sacred Native American way of life and what its religion and ritual can offer spiritual seekers from all backgrounds. The six parts of the book cover preparation for ceremonies greeting the day; acknowledgment and gratitude; marriage and divorce; birth and death; dreams and visions; and seasons and healing. Highlights include a Zuni creation account, an Aztec love song, and an Omaha prayer presenting a new infant.
 

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Contents

Our Unlimited Potential
3
The Great Holy Mystery
13
A Zuni Creation
23
The Circle
25
Greeting the Day Acknowledgment and Gratitude
29
The Pipe and the Tobacco
31
A Morning Prayer
35
The Path of Beauty
41
She Requests a Name
125
Child of the Cord
131
Zuni Prayer Presenting an Infant to the Sun
143
What is Life? What is Death?
147
A Ceremony for Death
151
Dreams and Visions
161
The Ritual of the Dream Catcher
163
A Ceremony for the Dream
169

She Greets the Dawn
43
Thanksgiving Ritual
47
A Ceremony of Observation
51
Love Marriage and Divorce
55
Ceremony of the Story
57
Father SkyMother Earth
67
Marriage Old Ways and New Ways
75
A Ceremony of Marriage
85
Divorce When the Garden Grows No More
89
A Ceremony of Reflection
95
Birth and Death
99
Omaha Prayer Presenting an Infant to the World
101
The Children Always The Children
105
The Silent Places of the Heart
111
Returning the Placenta A Story of Gratitude
115
The Rituals of Names
119
The Turtle Dream I Am the Maker
173
A Man Seeks His Purpose in the Mystery
179
Crying for a Vision
185
Seasons and Healing
195
Change Feared and Celebrated
197
Winter Solstice Ceremony
203
Sprint Equinox Ceremony
211
The Old Woman Who Was Young A Ceremony for Spring
215
A Healing Song
221
A Ceremony of Healing
223
Acknowledgments
235
About the Author
240
About the Artist
241
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