Removing the Mask and the “Blindfolds”

“In the Southwest, [Wild Woman] is also known as La Que Sabé, The One Who Knows. I first heard of La Que Sabé when I lived in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico, under the heart of Lobo Peak.”

“An old witch from Ranchos told me that La Que Sabé had created women from a wrinkle on the sole of her divine feet. This is why women are knowing creatures; they are made, in essence, of skin of the sole, which feels everything.”

“This idea that the skin of the foot is sentient had the ring of truth, for an acculturated Kiché tribeswoman once told me that she’d worn her first pair of shoes when she was twenty years old and was still not used to walking con los ojos vendados, with blindfolds on her feet.”

—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.

As our small group of three adults and one child walked the nature trail in Camarillo a few days ago, a man mentioned to one person in our group as he passed us, “Thank you for wearing your mask.”

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