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Lakota Symbolism of the Circle

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April 13, 2012








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There is more to the meaning of the pipe, but for now I must limit this to its interpretation of being sacred. It is the shape of the bowl of the pipe, which is of course round, hence "bowl", but consequently is made of a round red stone (from the earth), which means more than the construction of the pipe itself...
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In addition, the round stone shown to the Lakota peoplehad seven circles upon it, each representing the seven rites, which use the pipe (7). When the women gave this pipe to her people she also walked clockwise (9). The first rite is the Keeping and Releasing of the soul. This rite is to purify the souls of the dead - a ritual to become one with the Spirit, so that it's able to return to Wakan-Tanka (11)...
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