The Morning Star Cermony - Pawnee Indians

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The Morning Star ceremony The ceremony was embedded in the mythology associated with the great trials of Morning star being the father of the human race, and the believe that he demanded human sacrifice in form of a young girl about 13 years old. The ceremony was taking place every 3-4 years. It was a ceremony to ensure renewal of life on earth and the prevention of destruction by the fire of the sun. It was necessary for both astronomical and religious elements to be correct before the many events leading up to the sacrifice. These could occur through a vision or a dream, or perhaps a sign from the heaven or maybe the appearance of the Morning Star itself. Many warriors volunteered from the tribe to kidnap a young girl from another tribe. They volunteered to join because the goal was to ensure success for the tribe and human race. The warrior that captured the girl had to name her “Oprikuts” at once he touched her. Oprikuts means holy in the Pawnee language. No one else was supposed to touch the girl beside the man that couth her. If they did, they would die of infection. It could take months before the girl was to be sacrificed. It all depended on the stars and signs. In the mean time she was treated like a holy one. She ate with a holy wooden spoon that was dedicated to the Morning Star and the warrior that couth her had responsibility of her. The Pawnees placed two long wooden poles in the earth with 4m distance from each other. Then they placed 5 long poles in the middle like a ladder, except the top pole that was higher so that the there was room for the girl in the middle of the two top poles. Underneath the scaffold there was a hole in the earth with a fire in. The hole was shaped like a cross, representing The Morning Star. The truth was being hidden for the girl all the time, and no force or violence was used unless it was absolutely necessary.

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