Sacred Space

Various native traditions and stories are associated with Serpent Mound. Mekoce Shawnee Chief, Frank Wilson, tells a story that connects the mound with a ritual of spiritual cleansing:

If you count the curves in the Serpent, there’s seven of them, there’s seven curves before it gets to the head. And seven, the way I was taught, for the Shawano people, is the seven gates that one must go through to reach spirituality, or enlightenment, as people call it, to become a dawan, a medicine person. So each curve, a person walked the snake. They walked the serpent. And there were certain things they had to accomplish on each curve of the snake’s back. And as they accomplished this they moved on, and when they reached the head, they reached a point where everything was completely stripped away except their spirit.

Video found at -https://www.ancientohiotrail.org/sites/serpent-mound

Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have similar ‘gates’ one must attain before enlightenment. Temples are sacred spaces where members of the church go to learn more about God and their place in His plan of Happiness. In most world religions, modern-day or ancient, these sacred spaces are important places of worship.

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