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I usually travel for my birthday, but today I just went for a hike and as I was driving back home it began to rain. Shortly afterwards, I was surprised with a lovely rainbow! When we first moved to New Mexico they were so common, but the last few years I have seldom seen one. So as its my birthday I took it as a good omen. That got me thinking...I wonder what rainbows symbolise in Native Cultures?
This is what I found:
Native American beliefs about rainbows vary among different tribes. However, some common themes and interpretations can be found in certain tribes.
In Navajo mythology, rainbows are seen as the celestial pathway for the Yei, supernatural beings that connect the spiritual and physical worlds. The rainbow is considered a bridge between Earth and the spirit realm.
The Hopi people also view rainbows as bridges between worlds. They believe that spiritual beings who play a central role in Hopi religious life, use rainbows to travel between the spirit world and the Earth.
In Cherokee beliefs, rainbows are seen as the hem of the sun's coat, and they are associated with the number seven, which is considered sacred. Rainbows are sometimes seen as a sign of balance and harmony in the world.
Among the Lakota Sioux, rainbows are sometimes associated with the Thunderbird, a powerful and mythical bird. The Thunderbird is believed to control the weather, including rain and storms.
The Zuni people see rainbows as a symbol of fertility and agriculture. Rain is essential for crops, and the appearance of a rainbow is seen as a positive sign for the success of agricultural endeavours.
My research shows a lot of variation on beliefs around the rainbow, so it's important to note that these interpretations can vary widely, and individual beliefs may differ even within a specific tribe.
What do rainbows mean for you?
I'm counting the days down to vacation and spending as much time as I can outside.
I took these picture this week with my iPhone 12 Pro Max and must say it hasn't disappointed. I'm so ready to go on vacation and see how it does on random nature shots.
We were supposed to be in Greece this month, but between covid and the wildfires it wasn't meant to be. BUT there are many other places on my travel list that I can't wait to explore.
And I do truly believe nature is cheaper than therapy!
What do you think? Pretty decent pictures for a iPhone.
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