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sweat lodge

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A Native American permutation of sauna, consisting of a dome-shaped hut made from bent willow branches covered by animal skins; hot rocks are placed inside on which water is poured, dramatically increasing the humidity. Once finished, the participants may jump into ice water, roll in the snow or rub sage on themselves to complete the experience.

sweat lodge

Among the indigenous peoples of North America, a tent or hut, traditionally made of arched poles covered in animal hide, used to enclose a steam or vapor bath for healing purposes.
Synonym: medicine lodge

sweat lodge,

n a particular type of sweat bath traditionally used by various Native American peoples for purposes of purification, integration, and spiritual vision quest. Also called
inipi or
temazkal.
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Now very fashionable amongst ordinary Americans, sweat lodges are simple low, round huts made from trees and animal skins or from mud.
We have worked very closely and he has been very valuable to the practice of the Native American faith - not just through resources such as opening sweat lodges - but with helping us to understand the theology and customs.
They visit Native American shamans and participate in drumming ceremonies, sun dances, vision quests, sweat lodges, and rituals that include the smoking of the sacred pipe, among other practices.
These are the guys who paint their faces and gather around fires in Indian sweat lodges where they bawl their eyes out and trade stories about the irreparable harm their fathers did to them as children.
A recent Associated Press report chides gardening and sweat lodges as fiscal boondoggles outside the box.
I'd watch the people who came for healing at the sweat lodges he held twice a week, a ceremony he conducted with equal parts spiritual power and low-key human humor.
Washington, Feb 7 (ANI): Hot springs, sweat lodges, and pricey spas around the world are becoming increasingly popular as they offer "sweat wraps" and other techniques claimed to detoxify and purify the body.
During a long weekend in summer, more than 2,000 people would camp on his front door step and take part in a series of workshops, lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects ranging from teachings of the wampum belt to the running of sweat lodges.
Over a period of several weeks I had the pleasure of tending fire for three sweat lodges on successive Sunday evenings.
Included are glimpses of sweat lodges, bark lodges, household furnishings within the tipi and the art of tipi painting.
Students experience firsthand the transformational power of nature through unique wilderness experiences like sweat lodges and vision quests.
Sweat lodges are nearer to God than rosary crusades.