A medicine cat ceremony is a ceremony in which a medicine cat apprentice finally gets their well earned medicine cat name,[1] because their mentor approves of their work.[1]

Medicine cat ceremony

Apprenticeship for medicine cats usually lasts much longer than those for warriors.[2] The cat must learn about all available herbs and remedies, and the treatment of diseases and injuries.[3]

Once the Clan's medicine cat is satisfied with the apprentice's knowledge, they go to the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool).[4] This is the only ceremony that is not performed by the Leader.[1] The following words are used, by tradition:

Medicine Cat: I, (name), medicine cat of ___Clan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. (He/she) has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help (he/she) will serve (his/her) Clan for many moons.
Medicine Cat: ___paw, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?
Apprentice: I do.
Medicine Cat: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your true name as a medicine cat. ___paw, from this moment you will be known as (new name). StarClan honors your (virtues), and we welcome you as a full medicine cat of (Clan).[5]

The medicine cat rests their muzzle on the apprentice's head, and they lick the mentor's shoulder.[6] The other medicine cats greet them by their new name.[7]

See also

Notes and references

Hierarchy and positions in the Warriors world
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine catsMediators
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine catName changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-besCave-guardsPrey hunters‎Kit mothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan informationGeneral Tribe informationCat names
Other Groups LonersRogues

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