One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stick decorated with feathers, used by various North American Indian peoples in their religious ceremonies.
- ‘In a clearing, Maori warriors are chanting around a niu or prayer stick.’
- ‘Every village and town has a procession of priests resplendent in their robes and carrying prayer sticks (to lean on during the inordinately lengthy services), crosses and ornate velvet tasselled umbrellas to shield them from the sun.’
- ‘Also when we look at the chants, we use prayer stick, drum and cistra and also there is liturgical dance.’
- ‘He watched Coptic monks, carrying T-shaped prayer sticks, who danced the Psalms.’
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