Traditional Navajo Taboos
- Do not face your house any direction but east, towards the sunrise or
evil will come in and good luck will not find the door
This is more correctly stated as face the home toward the arrival of Father Sun
each day, to gain his enery and warmth..
- Do not go immediately up to a door when you approach a house because you
might be bringing evil spirits with you or bad things that have followed you.
- Do not go through a window unless you go back that same way or you will not
- Do not go to the right of the stove when you visit someone or you will
cause harm to yourself or others.
- Do not climb through the smoke hole of the hogan or you will have bad
luck. That is the entrance for good and bad spirits.
- Do not run around the stove or your hogan will burn up.
- Do not throw your hat around the house or you will go crazy. (Certainly
parents or others living there might!)
- Do not leave the door close all the time during the day or you will shut
out good things.
- Do not leave your house messy or dirty because that will invite the poverty
- Do not climb on top of the hogan or you will bring bad luck to your
- Do not leave a bucket of ashes around the house because you will drive away
good things and invite the poverty people.
- Do not look at your mother-in-law or speak to her because you will go
blind or have trouble.
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