Sacred Navajo Legend of Shiprock

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Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico, USA. Photo by Bowie Snodgrass, CC BY 2.0.
Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico, USA. Photo by Bowie Snodgrass, CC BY 2.0.

In the Navajo legend of Shiprock, lighting struck the peak of this rock formation. The impact destroyed the only trail off the rock, and made the sheer cliffs impassable.
In this legend, the women and children on the peak became stranded and were left to starve. Since then, no one is allowed on the peak so that the corpses would not be disturbed and cause their ghosts to stir up.

Shiprock is a sheer cliff that rises 1,500 feet above the desert of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico. Geologists believe that the rock is the inside of a volcano that had its surroundings worn away from millions of years of erosion.

Today the giant rock is governed by the Navajo Nation. Its religious and historic importance is significant as shown by the Navajo people who visit the site daily for religious reasons, and to be one with nature and the environment.

It’s interesting how Native Americans still regard nature and the environment as an important part of living in our world.  When you add meaningful legends and stories to the mix you get a recipe for interesting tales that have been important to humans for millennia.

You can also listen about Shiprock on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Google Play Music.

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Russell Suereth is the creator, publisher, and host of the Spiritual Fizz Podcast and the Spiritual Fizz News Magazine. The episodes and articles in these publications focus on connecting the spiritual and physical worlds for listeners and readers across the globe.

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