God's Eyes - (Ojo de Dios)
The Huichol Indians of Mexico have kept many of their
old traditions in dress, religious ceremonies and lifestyle. Huichol culture
is very rich in folk art. Nature is treated with much respect.
The Ojo de Dios is the most well known symbol. The Indians believe the
design of the eye has the power to heal and to protect. The Ojo de Dios
is hung on the wall and used in ceremonies and prayer. The colours used
have different meanings: red - life itself; yellow - sun moon & stars;
blue - sky & water; brown - soil; green - vegetation; black -
death. They can be used as good luck symbols.
I learned this at a Region Training in the Summer - we made some at
Maghull, Liverpool, England
At Thinking Day last year, the troop that had the girls
make God's Eyes said that in Mexico these were used to commemorate the
birth of a child. The father made the center of the God's eye at the child's
birth, so that God would watch the child. At the first, second, and
third birthdays, additional eyes are added to the "arms" to show that God
is still watching. I guess that the assumption is that a child that makes
it to three will probably live to be an adult.
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This page last updated October 8th, 1999