Thursday, October 31, 2013

“He’patina”-the shrine symbolic of the Middle of the world

"As the two proceed through the village Shu'laawi'si sprinkles meal into the six excavations which have been made to receive the prayer plumes; then, preceded by his attending ceremonial father, he recrosses the river and joins the other personators of the Council of the Gods at He'patina.The Council of the Gods on arriving at  He'patina, the shrine symbolic of the Middle of the world, and deposits te'likinawc in the lower chamber of the shrine..." 
Update: I'm skimming through the Google book in the link above, a late 1800's ethnology from around Zuni, New Mexico. Here's Figure 2, an "ancient sun shrine:"

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