Spiritual Cleansing the Ozark Way
Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
Time: 2-4pm (CDT)
Location: Virtual Event
In many systems of traditional healing there are certain illnesses not connected to any physical disease or virus. These illnesses are often said to have a magical cause and therefore must be cured by magical means. In the Ozarks we have our own folk illnesses including being “goomered” or cursed, magical fright, and of course, the ever-dreaded “live things.” These illnesses are almost always treated through the use of prayer and certain accompanying rituals.
In this workshop, we will look at many of the different methods for spiritual cleansing in Ozark folk healing. These methods include such works as using an egg to draw spiritual sickness out of the body, sweeping or brushing evil off the skin with plants and feathers, and cleansing away malign forces through smoke fumigation using certain native plants and minerals.
NOTE: This is a virtual event, Zoom links will be emailed the day before the class.