Did smudging begin with natives of America or witches
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This question, for the most part, depends on who you are asking and which god do they worship?
I see from my tracker that there really was no answer, not even at the site that I wrote many years ago.
This is what I know,
Until my grandfather made trips out to some of the western tribes,, because of many request, smudging, as it is now called, was not known to my people at least not with sage and/or sweet grass.
We always used herbs (Tobacco) we call Kinnick, kinnick.
Our tobacco can be used at any of our ceremonies because there is no need for a fire.
From what I have been told by my elders, natives west of the Mississippi river have used them, sage and sweet grass, for as long as anyone in my family circle can remember.
I also personally know from some of my visits to the United Kingdom while in the navy back in the 60’s, that Celtic clans have used smudging for as far back as my sponsors at their ceremonies can remember?
Thank you to the City of Yorktown Heights New York
For your question.
Did smudging begin with Indians or witches?
So to answer this question please let it be said that our traditional elders preferred our herbs over smudging even though sage and sweet grass was incorporated into our herb ceremonies by my grandfather back in the late 40’s.
No fire would be used, in our case traditional Native Americans around the Uncasvillage area, witches were the first to smudge with sage and/or sweet grass, in fact this was our way of telling if we were invited to a traditional and a occult gathering.
Side note, this government has no problem with our prison visits for ceremonies mainly because of our use of herb instead of fire.