“Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country”

 

In this issue of Glencairn Museum News we explore our current exhibition (open through October 29, 2017), which features artifacts, documents and photographs illustrating a wide range of expression within the ritual tradition of over three centuries of Pennsylvania Dutch folk culture. Pennsylvania’s tradition of ritual healing, known as powwow (or Braucherei in the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch), is one of many folk healing systems in North America that blends elements of religion and belief with health and healing. Combining a diverse array of Christian prayers, gestures, and the use of everyday objects, these rituals are used for healing the body, protection from physical and spiritual harm, and ensuring good outcomes in everyday affairs

Source: “Powwowing in Pennsylvania: healing rituals of the dutch country” — Glencairn Museum

Here’s a link to the PDF version: Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country 

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