sweat lodge ceremony


(among northern Native American peoples) a ritual purification, both physical and spiritual, in which stones are heated in a pit in a sweat lodge, swept clean with a cedar broom, and doused with water to create steam in which participants sit for several hours.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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