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Smoking ceremonies are an ancient custom among Aboriginal Australians in which native plants are burnt to produce smoke and acknowledge the ancestors and pay respect to the land, waters and sea of country.
The smoking ceremony is an important part of any ceremony and it accompanies a welcome to cleanse the area and the people of bad spirits and promote the protection and well-being of visitors. The smoke is an important part of the ceremony as it is believed to have healing and cleansing properties, but also important are how the fire is lit and hat leaves/ bark are used to make it.
Some groups only use certain types of leaves and bark while others may interchange them depending on the type of ceremony it is. To read more about the smoking ceremony, click here: https://www.deadlystory.com/page/culture/Life_Lore/Ceremony/Smoking_Ceremony
By Rose Svosve