it is the menstrual period tent. Old Testament tents in which the tribes lived. Period when women retire and in that sacred place. They meet to share their feminine secrets and reaffirm that power. For about four days a month, days of your blood, the sacred encounter takes place. Women connected with the phases of the moon, with their feelings, with nature. Women who walk together, menstruate together.
It is said that this tradition is very old, from biblical times and even earlier. This custom was reported in the book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. That same book also became a series on Netflix.
In the book, Anita gives voice to biblical women. The bible, always told from the male point of view, now has a passage related from the female point of view. Which makes everything much more interesting… lol
In the book and the series The elder of the tribe in question, Jacob, destroys the tradition of women meeting in the red tent during the "lunation", menstruation, where they perform their rituals. Very important rituals for female empowerment that have been erased by the dogmas of monotheistic and patriarchal religions.
Blood has tremendous strength as a magical component.
In ancient times, women were feared during their menstrual period. The power of blood, and menstrual blood in particular, is to blame for this fear.
Why don't we like menstruating?
Have you ever wondered why today our relationship with menstruation is disgust, discomfort, pain? Why in some religions are we considered unclean in this period? Why are we devalued precisely by our greatest gift?
They create perfumes to camouflage our scent, they teach us that it is a delay, they create contraceptives that prevent this phase from happening ...
None of this is by chance. This patriarchal and repressive culture started for some reason. That reason was fear.
Fear of the feminine, fear of the power that women have.
Menstruation was once considered a symbol of power.
Priests of different peoples believed that mixing a drop of menstrual blood with a dose of wine would make everyone who drank it in the next life.
In funerary rituals it was common to pass menstrual blood on the corpse, which represented "uniting" the mother's uterus with the uterus of "mother earth".
Even today, many people use menstrual blood in sacred rituals. Blood is also used through ancient practice.
Some women bend down and let their blood drain into the soil as a method to nourish the land, passing on vitamins, minerals and other benefits that fertilize the land.
The Indians use blood to paint the body during an indigenous ritual. They believe that this way they can pass on teachings to the whole tribe. Blood is also used to study the health and energy of the sacred feminine.
How to do contemporary ritual?
To do this ritual, you need to collect your menstrual blood, using collecting cups or through bioabsorbents.
The collectors are placed inside the vaginal canal. They are practical and efficient; It is important that this blood is diluted in water before being offered to Earth.
Bioabsorbents are made of cotton, like the old cloths of our grandmothers; just soak them for some hours in the water, without any chemical product and use this water with the blood for the ritual (after collecting your blood you can wash it in the way you prefer).
You can dump your blood in a garden, directly on the ground, or in a potted plant in your apartment. You can even choose a specific plant that has a special meaning for you, such as rose bushes, sage, sagebrush; remembering that this is the best biofertilizer that exists! Your plants will thank you!
The idea is that you do all this in the form of a symbolic ritual.
Take time to observe everything you have experienced in this last cycle, since the beginning of your last period - and deliver your blood to Earth, letting go with it everything you no longer need - fears, grudges, limiting patterns, memories of pain, abuse, violence, physical imbalances, stagnant emotions, negative ideas about your feminine… allowing Pachamama transmute everything.
There are no rules for how to do this; activate your intuition, create your sacred space, enter your silence and your deepest and most sincere intention; letting go of everything that still imprisons you and does not allow you to be the most pure and pure version of yourself!
There is an online course that teaches some ancient ritualistic practices. Take a look here: https://tantrayogalab.com/pompoarismo-feminino
I leave the series trailer on Netflix and the pdf of the book.