Day #123 – New Year’s Eve

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Photographs, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #123 – New Year’s Eve

We laughed as we greeted each other at the retreat center for this New Year’s Eve celebration. There were balloons galore and party hats adding to the festivities. The flutes and champagne sat on the tables waiting their turn to participate in the entertainment for the evening.  A chime sounded and abruptly, the engaging chatter ended. It was10:00 pm and all moved silently into the make-shift chapel. The priest invited us each to share our intentions for this evening. What healing in ourselves and our families were we asking God to grant? What pain and suffering in the world were we...

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Day #38 – Chontaduro Costume

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #38 – Chontaduro Costume

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Day #30 – Anejodi (Stickball)

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #30 – Anejodi (Stickball)

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Day #29 – Rosh Hashanah

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #29 – Rosh Hashanah

I happened to meet my old high school teacher at the card store the other day. He was shopping for a Rosh Hashanah card. I’d admired this man for years and was taken by the care he was demonstrating in making his choice. “What does Rosh Hashanah mean to you, Mr. K.? “What does it mean to me?” His face lit up with a grin, as he recognized me. I remembered that lopsided smile, and knew what was coming. This was a man born to teach. “I don’t know if you know this but Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year . . . literally means, “Head of the Year. It’s a time for family, for prayer and going to the...

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Day #28 – Danza del Bixom Tiiw

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #28 – Danza del Bixom Tiiw

Before science provided the knowledge needed to plant, grow and harvest plentiful crops, villagers in what is now Northeast Mexico gathered for a ritual to the Lord of the Corn. Four brave men, in ceremonial dress, gathered before a pole 42.65 feet tall. Each man represented one of the four directions, North, South, East and West. After tying ropes around their waists, they climbed high above the people who raptly watched with craned necks. One of the men, with great joy and delight, danced with abandon and precision on the top of the pole. They all flung themselves head-first into the air....

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Day #25 – Healer

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People, Sacred Rituals | 0 comments

Day #25 – Healer

My time is up, my old body weakened and tired. I passed my secret knowledge on to my beloved son and his son after him, the sacred traditions given to me by my own father. I can rest knowing my lineage will carry on the heritage of our forefathers and the chain shall not be broken. I healed the sick, the broken, and the weary. Spirit worked through me and guided my hands as they scanned ailing bodies for disease, stopping only when the dark energy showed me where illness lay. I stayed with families, praying and mourning with them when there wasn’t much else I could do for their mothers,...

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