Grandmother Momoy  

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IN NORTHERN AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY, "MOMOY "IS THE CHUMASH GODDESS OF DATURA, A SACRED PLANT WHICH IS USED BY THE INDIANS FOR BOTH MAGICAL AND MEDICINAL PURPOSES. MOMOY IS DEPICTED AS AN OLD WOMAN, A CRONE, WHO HOLDS THE POWER OF CLAIRVOYANCE. BUT, LEGEND HAS IT THAT EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS ABLE SEE INTO THE FUTURE, SHE HELD NO POWER TO DIRECTLY AFFECT IT OR TO FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF THE EVIL DOERS. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO SAID THAT THOSE WHO DRANK OF THE WATER IN WHICH SHE HAD WASHED HER HANDS WOULD ABLE TO FALL INTO A DEEP SLUMBER IN WHICH THEY WERE NOT ONLY ABLE TO SEE THE FUTURE, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY TRY TO AVOID ANY EVIL OR WRONGDOINGS.

IT WAS AFTER THE GREAT FLOOD THAT MOMOY WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THE DATURA PLANT. IN THAT WAY, SHE WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE TO INSPIRE VISIONARY DREAMS. THE CHUMASH USED THE BATHWATER (TEA) OF MOMOY AS A RITE OF PASSAGE TO BUILD RESISTANCE TO FEAR, STRENGTHEN CHARACTER, DIAGNOSE ILLNESS AND PREDICT THE FUTURE.THE MEN OF THE VILLAGE EARNED THEIR PLACE BY PASSING THROUGH A "MOMOY" CEREMONY WHEN THEY WERE AS YOUNG AS 8 YEARS OLD WHILE GIRLS WENT THROUGH THEIR "MOMOY" CEREMONY AT PUBERTY. THE CEREMONY INVOLVED DRINKING A PREPARATION DATURA WHICH INDUCED A SACRED DREAM THAT FREQUENTLY GAVE THE YOUTH SOME DIRECTION ABOUT THEIR FUTURE LIVES. THE BOYS CARVED A SOAPSTONE DREAM GUIDE AFTER THEIR DREAM WHICH WOULD BE USED AS A SPIRITUAL TALISMAN THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.

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