This Navajo sandpainting is typical of those originating in Navajo healing ceremonies. A medicine man creates a sandpainting and places the person to be healed in the middle. Then, to aid the process, sand from the painting is rubbed over appropriate areas of the human body. After the ceremony, the sandpainting is destroyed, thus destroying the ailment.
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