Smudging

  

Smudging — the burning of sage or sweetgrass in a ceremonial context — is an important part of Métis spirituality. During this ceremony, jewellery is removed to represent coming before the spirits of our grandfathers and grandmothers as we came into the world — naked.

The sage, used to purify and cleanse, is burned in a ceremonial bowl or shell. The smoke is taken with the hands and rubbed over the body.

Sweetgrass can be burned afterwards to bring healing and blessing into one's body and life.

  

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