A Wakan (Wakan Tanka means "sacred," "divine" or "holy" and is used by the Sioux; it is sometimes translated as "Great Spirit" or "Great Mystery")
A Prophet or Messiah
Wohpe (Alternate Spelling: Whope & Wope)
The Virgin Mary
White Buffalo Calf Woman by David P
White Buffalo Calf Woman by Mary Selfridge
She walked out from the blazing skies buffalo robed and piercing eyes a beautiful spirit with flowing hair a sacred woman beyond compare. She held a pipe for all to see she shared the wisdom of what will be she spoke of ceremonies, and songs to live the sacred ways..to get to give. A promise someday they would see the land returned, a people free a small white buffalo will come at last all will live, forgetting the past. Today the pipe is still held high honor held up to the skies a promise that will never part white buffalo calf woman...lives in our hearts.
By: Debbie Robbins
Myths Associated with White Buffalo Calf Woman
The traditional story is that there was a time of famine and the chief of the Lakotas sent out two scouts to hunt for food. As they travelled, they came across a beautiful young woman in white clothing. One of the scouts was filled with desire and decided to approach her, telling his companion he would attempt to embrace the woman, and if he found her pleasing, would claim her as a wife. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be folly. The scout ignored his advice.
The companion watched as the scout approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. After a while, the cloud disappeared and only the mysterious woman remained. The remaining scout was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him. As she spoke Lakota, the young man thought she was one of his tribe, and came forward. She then pointed to a spot on the ground where the other scout's bare bones lay and explained that the Crazy Buffalo had compelled the man to desire her, and she had annihilated him.
The scout became even more frightened and again drew his bow, to which the woman explained she was Wakan and his weapons could not harm her. She further explained that if he did as she instructed, no harm would befall him and that his tribe would become more prosperous. The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival.
She taught the Lakotas many sacred rituals and gave them the chanunpa, or sacred pipe, which is the holiest of all worship symbols. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, PtesanWi left them promising to return.
With the arrival of Roman Catholic missionaries, their stories of the Virgin Mary and Jesus became associated with the legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman. The syncretic practice of identifying Mary with PtesanWi and Jesus with the chununpa continues among Lakota Christians to this day.
White Buffalo Calf Woman by Lynne Foster Fife
There are always variations when it comes to Mythology. The majority of the information provided in this section comes directly from these two sources: