As Silver would say, "It is a belief system, not a religion!" Pow Wow is indigenous to South Central Pennsylvania and heavily associated with a group of people called the Pennsylvania Dutch who live primarily in the Lancaster county area. Although I, myself, was actually born and raised in Berks county, Lancaster is just a "hop, skip and a jump away," so to speak, from where I live. My great aunts and uncles used to speak the Pennsylvania Dutch language and, growing up, I learned some as well.
Naturally, I had heard of Pow Wow, but never really knew much about it or its' true origins. Pow Wow draws heavily upon ancient chants, talismans and personal energy. Unlike their ancestors, a majority of the Pennsylvania Dutch people of today do not even acknowledge its' existence - either because their faith lies strickly with Christianity and as a result they do not follow the Craft or because of the fact that over the years it has deteriorated to a great degree into simple faith healing. Unbeknownst to many of them; however, the hex signs which they hang on their barn doors for protection from fire are a form of Pow Wow. Hex signs are used for a variety of different reasons, other than protection. For example, they are also used for luck and love.
My friends posing outside Celtic Myth & Moonlight - Sara, Lady Sabrina Rhiannon & Deb.
With Silver Ravenwolf at her book signing
I found Silver to be a terrific speaker, witty and extremely personable. Given the chance, I would definately attend another one of her seminars and I would highly recommend them to anyone!
"Ich leibe bisht du!" (I wish you love) -
Lady Caer Morganna