the westies ritual

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An alternative perspective on our daily rituals in the western world.

Submitted: October 13, 2011

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Submitted: October 13, 2011

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The ritual:

I saw this thing about this strange culture on tv:

In this culture the gods are very important.  It is a belief that the gods exist on earth, here today.  It is believed that the gods of this culture are not up in heaven or some other weird place, they are here on earth now and on rare occasions you get to see them.

In this culture the shrine to the gods is put in an important place in the hut to lure their spirits into the living place. Most of the family spends their time in this “shrine room”.  The walls of the shrine room are usually filled with crude paintings of the family members and reminders of the accomplishments that the family members have achieved.  The seats that the family sit on are usually very long so that more than one person can be seated at a time.  The seats are soft, very soft.  The seats in the outdoor area or the “eating room” of the hut are usually not as soft as the seats in the “shrine room”.  In the middle of the “shrine room” is obviously the shrine to the gods.  The shrine is always shiny and usually greyish.  Different families have different sized shrines however they all have one.  The poorer families often pray more and often have bigger shrines. 

Every night the family sits around the shrine to imagine and pray to the gods.  The “shrine room” is generally a “quiet place”.  It is for praying and contemplation.  Family members will sometimes shout their thoughts at the shrine however this is frowned upon by other members of the family.  Within the nightly ritual there are breaks in the praying.  It is in these breaks that members of the family can talk.  They discuss their opinions about the gods and judge them. 

The shrine also can see into the future.  For example, the gods don’t simply spell out what the weather will be.  They make cryptic suggestions about how the weather may turn out.  It is left up to he family members to look deep inside themselves or outside the huts windows to contemplate further on what the weather will be. 

The shrine is obviously the most important ob ject in the “shrine room” however another very important object is the temeor stick.  The temeor stick has magical and controlling powers.  Some say it’s power can rival that of the shrine itself.  Some say it can alter the prayers of other family members.  It is a very simple stick with symbols on it.  Most of the family understand a few of the symbols however many of them remain mystical and unexplored by the majority of the family.

 

Allan Saunderson


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