Ahote Spirit Quest
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You are ready, Ahote
After preparing with the wisest elder, Mr. Sewati, Ahote is finally ready to begin his journey and commence his Spirit Quest. For the past year Mr. Sewati has taught Ahote as much as he can about what it means to be a respected member of the Indigenous community and how to act to the challenges he will face in adulthood. After much growth over the year, Mr. Sewati believes he has completed his preparation in officially becoming an adult, and he is now ready for the final step, the Spirit Quest.
Later that night, Ahote informs his parents about his imminent journey, and he sets off the next morning after recieving the best of wishes from his parents.
Ahote finds a tranquil place near a forest and begins to meditate. He prepares his mind and body for the next few days, and he hopes he will be visited by an animal spirit.
The lion represents strenth and courage.
Two days have passed and Ahote has avoided both food and sleep. It is becoming very challenging and the rain is making him uncomfortable. He is very tired, hungry, and restless, but he stays determined in hopes of being visited by an animal spirit. Suddenly, Ahote collapses.
Everything around Ahote starts to become blurry and he notices the feint silhoutte of a lion in front of him. Ahote and the lion spend a peaceful 10 minutes together before he wakes up from his dream. He immediately knows that he has just been visited by an animal spirit, and runs home to tell Mr. Sewati.
Ahote returns back to his village and goes to the home of the elder. He explains the vision he received on his quest and asks Mr. Sewati to explain it to him. Mr. Sewati explains that the lion is one of the strongest and most courageous animals in the entire animal kingdom, and that by being visited by it, it is a sign that he one day may also gain these attributes. He tells Ahote that he has succeeded on his Spirit Quest, and he is now officialy entered adulthood.
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