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Date:7/25/2014 9:44:04 AM
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I hope you all got a little rest this weekend. It's Monday again. Thank you for stopping by to leave me a vote and your comments. A lot of you like the ginger bread houses it seemed. I'm glad. I'm glad you seem to be enjoying this month with me. I am very grateful to have you all as furends. My moms aunt collects Kachina dolls, other old Native American items and books. I looked to see what the wise, peaceful Hopi did this month. I hope your Monday starts out the week gently for all of you.
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Soyal is the winter solstice ceremony of the Hopitu Shinumu, The Peaceful Ones, also known as the Hopi Indians. It is held on December 21, the shortest day of the year. The main purpose of the ritual is to ceremonially bring the sun back from its long winter slumber. It also marks the beginning of another cycle of the Wheel of the Year, and is a time for purification. Pahos, prayer sticks, are made prior to the Soyal ceremony, to bless all the community, including their homes, animals, and plants. The sacred underground ritual chambers, called kivas, are ritually opened to mark the beginning of the Kachina season.
Soyal is a 16 day ceremonial period, practiced by the Hopi for generations, that is supposed to establish the mood for the coming year. All major Hopi ceremonies last 16 days. Other ceremonies may last 9 days. Like other ceremonies, Soyal begins with an expression of assurance that the ceremony will accomplish its purpose, and end with a feast of celebration and a public Kachina dance. The dance acknowledges the success of the ritual and shares its blessings with the other members of the village.
As we follow what the Traditionalists have done for all of their years, we come immediately to attitudes and feelings. "Soyal time," the Elders say, "is a good time to teach children to respect others, so they will continue to practice it throughout their lives."
"There must be no disturbing loud behavior or running during Soyal." Because loud behavior is self-centered. It interrupts others, and it disturbs the deities who are involved in the cycle as well.
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