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By BearFlute/Doug Lazar)
I would like to share briefly, some
of what I have learned of Braids thru the years.
Hair is a physical representation,
extension of our thought, and of our Spiritual Essence, our
Strength. This is why, when a Loved One Crosses over, a lot
of times a Person will cut their Hair and send it with the Loved
One. It is Strength to help them on their Journey. A Braid is
3 bunches of Hair, braided into 1. It reminds us of the Strength
in Unity. We are strionger Together than Alone.
The 3 groups of Hair can mean many
things. It can be like the Lakota Virtues. 1 stands for Bravery.
1 for Fortitude, in facing Life, Fortitude is internal, facing
our problems without burdening others. Living with our pains.
1 for Generosity, taking care of those less fortunate than us,
the Elders, and the Young Ones, the feeble and the infirm. Together
they make the 4th Virtue, Wisdom, which comes after years of
living the other 3.
The 3 can also represent, (and what
I most often think of when I Braid my Hair), Love, Honor and
Respect, which together make the basis of all our relationships,
and are what make us Human. By offering Love, Honor and Respect
to All, we are full-filling our places on this Earth. We are
I most often wear my hair anymore
in Braids and Free. I put my Hair behind my ears, then Braid
that, and the back is hanging loose and Free. I am a carpenter,
(well anymore I just do odd jobs, and work also in a metaphysical
shop a few hours a month), and it keeps my Hair from falling
in my face, or in the way of my sight, and outta the way of
saw blades. So I have two Braids, and Free.
Another, way of looking at it is,
the 3 represent Body, Mind and Spirit, which together make us
Whole. There are many more Teachings about Braids in the World.
I would imagine every culture has some, either about Braids
or just Hair. Listen for the Flute in the Breeze!
(Contributed by CinnamonMoon)
Native people see their
hair as spiritual power and many view the three strands as past,
present and future together. Others feel it is a means of joining
themselves with their ancestors and descendants and allowing
someone to braid ones hair also allows them to partake
in that power. Because of the latter belief, deciding to allow
someone to braid ones hair is a very important decision
to make. The Finnish people believed those who made beautiful
braids could also tame the Winds, so braiding was a valuable
***For more on Native braids here
are a couple of links.
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