By Jamie Rivera Published 08/20/2017 16:12:00 | Views: 69
Weddings Around the World: Native American/Navajo

Native American culture is marked by a deep respect for the Earth and mankind, and most Native Americans believe that the Great Spirit exists- a spiritual force that is the source of all life. Some Native American wedding ceremonies are informal, while others are very formal. Evening is the traditional time for wedding ceremonies to take place. Water is used as a symbol of purification and cleansing. The bride and groom have a ceremonial washing of hands to wash away past evils and memories of past loves. In Navajo tribes, the bride was seen as an equal partner to her husband.

Pre-Wedding Traditions
The man gives the woman a bride price, usually a piece of jewelry. Before her wedding, the bride takes a ritual purification bath.

The groom enters the wedding surrounded by his male friends, holding a saddle. The bride carries corn mush made by her mother, and sets the basket in front of the groom. The couple washes each other’s hands, pouring water with a ladle over a gourd. Then the groom feeds his bride corn mush (corn pollen is a sign of fertility) before eating some himself, symbolizing their bond. During the ceremony the couple faces east, in the direction from which the sun rises, to represent their new beginning.

The bride’s dress includes four colors, each representing a direction of the compass: black for the north, blue for the south, orange for the west, and white for the east.

Tips and Ideas for Incorporating Traditions Into Your Modern-Day Wedding

* Why not get into the spirit by adding color to your bridal attire, too? Colored hair clips, jewelry, shoes, or even undergarments perhaps?

* Incorporate the Earth and nature into your wedding by having an outdoor affair.

By Jamie Rivera 08/20/2017 16:12:00

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