Whirling Log Sandpainting Rug

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The whirling log can be seen as a swastika, which is offensive to many people. It is also against the beliefs of traditional Navajos to post images of sandpaintings in any context other than a Navajo ceremony.

This sandpainting is traditionally done on the sixth night of the Nightway ceremony and depicts an epic journey undertaken in the quest for knowledge and against the advice of the Holy People. The hero travels on a hollow log to the Colorado River, where the Holy People rescue him.  There, he gains knowledge of ceremonies that useful in curing various diseases.  

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  1. Lou on March 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Let me know if you are heading this way.