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Smudging 

Smudging is putting smoke over one's face and body. In Arab and African countries people smudge. It is also a custom with indigenous people from various lands including Turtle Island. Smudging is used in particular in places where water is scarce or to cold to be used frequently.

In Turtle Island sweetgrass, cedar, sage and tobacco are placed in a shell of a bowl and then burnt. The smoke is then spread with a feather. The most commonly used shells today are abalone shells and the most commonly used bowls are made out of soapstone. The most commonly used feathers for smudging are turkey feathers.

The other way of smudging is to braid sweetgrass and then burn it and hold it and spread smoke with it. Other plants like the mushroom can also be used for smudging. The smoke substitutes for water with the chemicals in the smoke having cleansing properties on the body. The smoke smell of plants like the sweetgrass has an aromatic effect besides the cleansing chemical properties that it has.

Survival expert Les Stroud from Ontario, on his show Survivorman, demonstrated cleansing by smudging during his survival journey in the desert in Utah

 

 

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