22 March 2016

Native American Church of North America (Tombstone Tuesday)

This is a symbol I don't think has been profiled here before.  I came across it just yesterday when visiting Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia.

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Elizebeth Puckett
Born July 10, 1884
Died June 26, 1952
Grandma
We Love You
Always

This symbol is recognized as an emblem of belief available for placement on U.S. government headstones and markers.

According to Wikipedia, "The Native American Church (NAC)…is a Native American religion characterized by mixed traditional as well as Protestant beliefs and by sacramental use of entheogen peyote.  The religion originated in…Oklahoma in the late nineteenth century after peyote was introduced to the southern Great Plains from Mexico.  Today it is the most widespread indigenous religion among Native Americans in the United States, Canada, and Mexico…"

Furthermore, "[a]n entheogen is a chemical substance used in religious context that often induces psychological or physiological changes."  And peyote is a small, spineless cactus.

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