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smudgingA term of art referring to the deposition of soot from partially burnt gases from a discharged firearm.
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n in Native American medicine, the ritual of purifying the location, patient, healer, helpers and ritual objects by using the smoke obtained by burning sacred plants, such as sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. It alters the state of consciousness and enhances sensitivity. This altered sensitivity to imbalances in the spiritual and energetic realms is necessary for the healer to assess and treat an illness. Cleansing often initiates healing sessions.