While every nation has its own customs and
traditions, Chickamauga / Cherokee women
never smoked a Ceremonial pipe with a man. The story of how the Cherokee got the pipe explains this taboo and has been handed
down since the dawn of time.
Men, being men, were always at war
with someone. They fought over
every imaginable thing you could think of. The women paid the highest price for this aggressive behavior
as they were always losing husbands
and sons, fathers and uncles.
One day Creator brought the women a
gift. It was a pipe. He told them that when
their men felt like going to war they should give them this pipe fired with sacred tobacco to smoke. By the time the pipe was finished, the men would have had time to think about what they were about to do and not go rushing into battle. And it worked most of the time.
Women are the life givers with strong powers of their own. Our powers do not mix with the equally
strong powers of the men so we never smoke a pipe with them. The pipe bowl and stem are always separate and made of different materials and symbolize male and female energy coming together- each different and each necessary.
A woman past her moontime could smoke a personal pipe for praying and pleasure if she chose to. No matter what Nation you are descended from, it is important to understand the original teachings of that People because there are good reasons behind them. Many tribes allow women and men to smoke a pipe together. That is fine. But be very careful you know what you are doing before you bring dishonor on a sacred ceremony.
It is often difficult to know the truth because there are so many books
and web pages floating around written by purported 'experts' on the subject who have never invested the time and effort to learn the ancient and sacred ways. But the truth is out there. Look for it!
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