Traditional Navajo Taboos
Sacred Corn Growing In the Field
- Do not pollute the air (pass gas) in a cornfield, or the corn will puff up
and get moldy.
- Do not plant corn when you are too tired or the corn will be lazy too and
will not grow.
- Do not plant corn barefooted or it will be flat.
- Do not plant mixed corn or it won't grow.
- Do not burn cornstalks because it is the same as burning your field.
- Do not leave corn lying around on the ground because it will cry and won't
be any good.
- Do not lay on cornstalk because they are sacred and produce pollen.
- Do not leave your tracks in a cornfield because you will lose your crop.
- Do not hide anything in the cornfield because the corn will not ripen
- Do not eat in a cornfield or you will get an upset stomach.
- Do not comb your hair in a cornfield or your hair will fall out.
- Do not throw corn on the ground or your crop will fail.
- Do not sleep in a cornfield because you will have bad dreams.
- Do not make jokes while harvesting or your corn will not grow next time.
- Do not throw any seeds away or you crops will not grow much.
- Do not climb a fruit tree at night or it will not have fruit and it will
- Do not point at melons with your forefinger or you will have less and they
will lose their taste.
- Do not eat a melon and throw the rind in the field because they will not
grow there any more.
- Do not leave out squash when you plant or you will not survive the winter.
- Do not pick small pumpkins before they are ripe or you will not grow much.
- Do not make eyes for a scarecrow or you will go blind.
- Do not use a dead man's clothes for the scarecrow or he will come back for
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