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A-Tsi-Na (cedar)

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There are four sacred plants that are a gift from Unetlvnvhi (the Creator, in the Cherokee language) . To those who live in the traditional way, these four plants are especially revered and used in daily living. The creator taught us to use the natural herbs of sage, sweetgrass, tobacco, and cedar smoke as a physical reminder to them of this omnipotent presence. It is the sacred way.
a-tsi-n is the cherokee word for cedar.

This nice reusable bag is filled with 2 ounces of A-tsi-na.
The tie is decorated with pony beads in the colors of the four directions.

A-tsi-n (cedar) represents the Southern direction and the soul. The leaves are cleaned from the stems and separated into small pieces, which are used in many ways. When burned, a-tsi-n acts as a purifier, cleansing the area in which it is burned and emitting a pleasant scent. True cedar is burnt while praying to the Great Mystery in meditation, and also to bless a house before moving in.
Cedar was offered to the fire to smudge the lodge and people. It is also used to waft the smoke to ward away sickness.

It works both as a purifier and as a way to attract GOOD energy in your direction. Elders say put some in your shoes and only goodness will come your way. Many traditional women keep some cedar in their left pocket. When you breathe in the smell of cedar you decide that you're going to have courage and stamina and that you're going to survive.

A-Tsi-Na (cedar)

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cedar, bag, crow beads
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