Folks, did you miss the conference on raising spiritually-centred youths? If so you can catch it here:
Also… Raising Revolutionaries (book) is available for purchase!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!! Many of us have been waiting for Sis. Iyalosa to spit this out. Spread the word!
P.S.- Check out the doc, Venus & Serena. Great stuff!
Are you familiar with bottle trees?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHpxReNmDs Video with a little history on bottle trees
Some of us have them in our yards. Blue is the suggested colour to use for the glass bottles. Makes sense in terms of what it signifies in African spirituality. Think: Auset/ Yemanja. Clear bottles with blue water inside. In the U.S. it appears that many folks use bottles that are actually blue. They keep negative vibes/unsettled spirits away. I’ve rarely seen a bottle tree where I live. I’m more inclined to see coloured bottles around the perimeter of folks’ yards. It’s all part of the same bottle tree tradition. Ancient wisdom. Some folks use a variety of colours (for all the orishas). Here’s a little history & more:
P.S.- I know of a woman who recently purchased a glass bottle wind
chime for her home. She said the effect has been AMAZING. It has helped bring peace to her home and family. Check out http://www.thebottlebenders.com.
So the more you live the more you learn. People, there’s nothing like doing your own research. Let me tell you! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, consider getting informed about it. Turns out Kali Puja (India & Nepal) , Yu Lan (Hong Kong & China), Festival of the Dead (various places) and Pangangaluluwa (The Phillipines) are worth knowing about too. Samhain (Celtic), Dia de Los Muertos (Central/South America) and Damballah Huedo (Yoruba) are as well. You’ll notice a bunch of similarities when it comes to dates, rituals and more. Educate yourself and your youths.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_the_Dead Festival of the Dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_around_the_world Halloween and similar celebrations around the world
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/20153/%E2%80%98tabi-tabi-po%E2%80%99 A little more about Pangangaluluwa
http://www.celebrate-day-of-the-dead.com Dia de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead)
P.S.- The bottom line is that indigenous people have been celebrating their ancestors for ages. In the larger scheme of things, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and Halloween are all pretty new. Folks, check that back story! You may be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
Do you enjoy Labour Day festivities? There are marches, parades and
more. In most cases we (indigenous folks) have been at the forefront
of the labour movement. Remember to honour those who fought/continue
to fight for worker’s rights/trade unionism etc.
Teach de youths da truth!