Cherokee Legend

A Cherokee Indian youths’ Rite of Passage


His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the
blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Cherokee Legend - Rite of Passage

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must
come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear
all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him.
Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and
earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.


It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”


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17-Aug-2018