Lakota mythology: Wohpe

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Goddess Wohpe
Goddess Wohpe

In Lakota mythology, Wóȟpe (less correctly spelled “Wohpe“) is a goddess of peace, the daughter of Wi and the Moon, Haŋhépi-Wi. She was the wife of the south wind. When she visited the Earth, she gave the Dakota Indians (Sioux) a pipe as a symbol of peace. Later, Wóȟpe became the White Buffalo Calf Woman. An alternative name for Wóȟpe is Ptehíŋčalasaŋwiŋ.

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Whope as peace represents harmony, meditation and cycles of time. Her name means meteor. Sacred stone of Wóȟpe is turquoise that ranges in colour from sky blue to blue-green and green. This stone has been prized for centuries and was used in ancient Egypt, Persia for jewelry and amulets. Also was known and used by the Aztecs and other people of South and Central America, but is probably better known because of its use by North American native peoples. For them it was prized by medicine men who used it for healing, to bring rain and for protection. It has also long been a symbol for friendship, some say one should either give or receive it as a gift for the magic to work.

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