Smoking Ceremony

For thousands of years we have employed Smoking Ceremonies to cleanse places and people  of bad spirits to promote the wellbeing of our people as well as guests on Country.  Contemporary  smoking ceremonies may involve a Wurundjeri Elder and/ or a younger Wurundjeri community member carrying a portable tarnuk (wooden dish) containing coals and wet leaves  around assembled guests. Alternatively, guests may gather around a dedicated smoking site.

For full participation, those present will typically be invited to walk through the smoke for an individual cleansing. If requested, smoking ceremonies can form part of a larger Welcome ceremony.

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