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What is a Temazcal?

What does Temazcal mean?

Temazcalli is a word from the Nahuatl language. It is composed of two words: Temaz-steam and Calli-house, which directly translates to steam house or sweat house. The ceremony also represents the womb of mother Earth.

Temazcal ceremonies were held by almost all indigenous tribes of the continent. Each tribe had their own language and called it a different name. Because of this, it is common for a Temazcal experience to vary by group.

Temazcal serves to:

-Purifying the body, skin, mind, and thoughts.

-Restore energy, relieve stress, pray, and spiritually connect with the energy of mother Earth.

-Discover where we came from, to see where we are going, or learn where we need to go.

-Bring family and the community together, where everyone works together during setup and shares traditional food afterwards.

-Create connection with our ancestors.

-Confront our fears.

-Learn about history from elders in the group.

-Learn Nahuatl words and songs.

-Teach the youth about their roots and traditions.

-Gather as a group in ceremony and prayer.


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