Visual Arts Development Project- “the Land” Rituals and traditions a two week artists in residency
May 13 – May 25th in Placer County.
|Altar Installation Site in Auburn|
PROPOSED INSTALLATION “the Land” Rituals and traditions Purification Ceremony Rituals and traditions associated with sweating vary regionally and culturally. Ceremonies often include traditional prayers and songs. In some cultures drumming and offerings to the spirit world may be part of the ceremony, or a sweat lodge ceremony may be a part of another, longer ceremony.
Some common practices and key elements associated with purification ceremonies include:
- Training - Most cultures that hold ceremonial sweats require that someone go through intensive training for many years to be allowed to lead a purification ceremony. One of the requirements is that the leader be able to pray and communicate fluently in the indigenous language of that culture, and that they understand how to conduct the ceremony safely. This leadership role is granted by the Elders of the community, not self-designated.
- Orientation – The door may face a sacred fire. The cardinal directions may have symbolism in the culture that is holding the purification ceremonies. The structure may be oriented within its environment for a specific purpose. Placement and orientation of the structure within its environment are often considered to facilitate the ceremony's connection with the spirit world, as well as practical considerations of usage.
- Construction – The purification ceremonies is generally built with great care, and with respect for the environment and for the materials being used. Many traditions construct the purification ceremonies in complete silence, some have a drum playing while they build, and other traditions have the builders fast during construction.
- Support – In many traditions, one or more persons will remain outside the structure to protect the ceremony, assist the participants, and aid purification ceremonies etiquette. Sometimes they will tend the fire and place the hot stones, if it is a structure that uses stones, though usually this is done by a designated fire keeper.