The number seven is spiritually very important to the Cherokee. Ancient Cherokee society was grouped around the seven clans: Blue, Long Hair, Bird, Paint, Deer, Wild Potato and Wolf. Seven also represented the levels of spiritual attainment and also the levels of material manifestation. It was also the number of levels within the Cherokee universe. This number was very important as part of the traditional naming ceremony.
Between four to seven days after the birth of a baby, a name would be chosen by an elder in the family, usually one of the Beloved Women. The baby would be taken by a priest/Medicine Man and waved four times over a fire while a prayer was said. Continue reading “The Cherokee Naming Ceremony”