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Smudging is a ceremonial practice that holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for many Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a traditional ritual used by various Indigenous cultures across the country, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Smudging involves the burning of sacred herbs, typically sage, sweetgrass, cedar, or tobacco, and the ritualistic use of the smoke for cleansing, purifying, and connecting with the spiritual realm.

The act of smudging is deeply rooted in Indigenous spirituality and is believed to carry various benefits and meanings.

Smudging is commonly used for purification purposes. Indigenous peoples believe that the smoke from the burning herbs can purify the physical space, objects, and individuals by dispelling negative energies, thoughts, and emotions. It is believed to cleanse the body, mind, and spirit, promoting balance and harmony.

Smudging is often performed as part of prayer ceremonies or before important events, gatherings, or rituals. The smoke is considered a medium for communication with the spiritual world, ancestors, and higher powers. It is believed to create a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms, facilitating connection, guidance, and protection.

Smudging is also associated with healing practices and promoting overall well-being. The aromatic properties of the sacred herbs are believed to have medicinal qualities that can help address physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances. Smudging ceremonies may be performed to support individuals in their healing journeys or to restore harmony within communities.