Prostitution Way

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The Prostitution Way is a Navajo ceremonial that protects people against frenzy witchcraft, which is a form of witchcraft believed to cause people to lose their minds. Women and children are not supposed to listen to or talk about this ceremonial, unless they have previously been cured by the Prostitution Way or the Mountain Smoke portion of the Blessingway ceremonial. The Prostitution Way lasts five nights and includes the use of datura, which has been gathered by the ceremonial healer, known as a singer, or hatáli in Navajo. The Prostitution Way ceremonial also involves the use of prayer sticks and sandpaintings and often ends with the Blessingway ceremony.

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