Yei in a dream – Yeibichai

The Nightway ceremony is a major curative ceremony
which restores harmony.  It invokes the Yeis, a
special category of Holy People who are inclined to
help the Navajo.   A nine day ceremony, it is
performed during the cold months when there is no chance of being hit by lightning and when the snakes
are hibernating. ( http://www.rivertradingpost.com/yeibichai.htm)

Imagine a waking dream, held down by the lead Yei at a Yeibichai as he ritualistically cuts lines in your feet laterally one after another with an obsidian stone knife and daring not to move but in calm acceptance. A red ochre Indian suddenly appears and hold up his ph76_04yebichaihand to – stop – and the Yei disappears.

My dream several nights ago has the oxymoronic symbolism of opposites. A Yei that inflicts cuts in a curative process and the one who is to be healed in red ochre stops the cutting.

I remember living in Greasewood, Arizona and waking at 2 am looking out the window and seeing a lone Yei walking in the night – but that was years ago.

A dream, my dream, the other night…

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