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Festival of Maize in Amatlan de Ketzalcoatl. 18 of May. Bring offerings (fruits, seeds, dances, songs, words, flower, drawings, etc.)

 

THE COMMUNITY  OF AMATLAN DE KETZALCOATL INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF MAIZE . SUNDAY MAY 18, 2014 FROM 9:00 AM ¨ TOGETHER WE HONOR, CELEBRATE AND PROTECT OUR SACRED MAIZE ¨

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SUPPORT CEREMONIAL ACCESS TO SACRED AND WORLD HERITAGE SITES ON DEC 21ST 2012

Mexico has 31 sites designated as World Heritage Sites: 27 are Cultural Heritage and 4 are Natural Heritage. It also has seven traditions and celebrations considered as immaterial cultural heritage. The cultural value of ancient sacred sites such as Palenque, Chichen Itza, Montealbán, or Teotihuacan, to name a few,  lies not only in its monumental buildings but in the living heritage of the original peoples of Mexico. The peoples and nations that have inherited these ancient cultures have preserved the immaterial wealth reflected in these monuments. We affirm that the manifestation of religious and spiritual practice of indigenous cultures requires access to their Holy Sites in these specific times as an expression of freedom of peaceful assembly and religious association. We hereby ask for your support to request access to some of the world heritage sites in these special and significant moments, including the exact location of the solstices and sunrises that are closest to them. Our purpose is to preserve our native culture and promote education in history and ancestral wisdom.

Where there is Peace, there is Culture;
Where there is Culture, there is Peace.”
Nicholas Roerich

Global ceremony for the protection of culture and sacred sites. December 21st 2012

Since ancient times people from all over the globe have gathered in sacred sites to honor their ancestors and thank the earth in sacred ceremony. In this way, many indigenous people believe, that stability and harmony are maintained on earth. Sacred sites are places of power and importance because of their geographic relevance such as mountains, rivers, forests, lakes etc. or places such as temples and sanctuaries have been built as places to hold ceremony and prayer. Many sacred sites are recognized today as cultural heritage sites by the UNESCO for their historical and cultural importance.Ceremony and prayer are ways in which we as humans can collectively or individually commune with creation and the earth, also, in which we can give offering and offer gratitude for life and all the gifts. For some ancient cultures ceremony is an essential part of life and the earth and all living things are considered sacred. Unfortunately due to modernization and colonization many indigenous cultures have suffered the loss of their traditions and in some cases the prohibition of them to perform their traditional ceremonies pass down to them for millennia. What to them is considered sacred is being.

In North America the Sundance and other traditional ceremonies were outlawed but the US government going back to 18 hundreds and only until the past couple of decades have many of these ceremonies been recovered and come out of hiding. In Guatemala indigenous Maya were forbidden to practice their traditions and to perform ceremony in their ancient temples and pyramids for more than 4 centuries until 1995 when the Government passed the  “Agreement on the Identity & Rights of Indigenous Communities” which grants indigenous communities the freedom to exercise their distinct forms of spirituality. In Mexico pyramids and ancient ceremonial sites are wrongly called ‘ruins’ and the and indigenous people are still not allowed to perform ceremony only in very rare occasions and obtaing a very special permit. In England the Druid religion is remerging, obtaing legal status as a religion in 2010 and slowly recovering the use of their ceremonial sites such as Stonehenge where they perform the annual Solstice ceremony.December 21st 2012, marks the end of the Mayan Longcount a cycle of  5,200 years. For this date Peace 2012 and many other organizations will gather globally in a unified celebration and ceremony focused on the protection of Sacred Sites worldwide and the possibility of coming together for a “Moment of Peace”. Celebrations will take place in Teotihuacán, Mexico; Stonehenge, England and Machu Pichu, Peru. Also looking to join is the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. All of these are considered World Heritage sites for the UNESCO.

These events will bring together spiritual leaders and indigenous elders from many traditions to be part of a ‘’Universal Declaration of Peace’, a multi-cultural statement that incorporates affirmations of peace from all the world’s great spiritual traditions and cultures. The Declaration will then lead into a simple moment of silence, a universal moment of reflection that anyone and everyone can participate in globally.

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Please help us to raise funds for this project by making a donation or by  sharing this article. The funds raised from this campaign will support the preparations and planning to  allow elders and leaders access to their heritage sites, as well as website development and campaign organization towards creating accompanying worldwide internet broadcast .

“So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.  Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Since ancient times people from all over the globe have gathered in sacred places to honor their ancestors and thank the earth in sacred ceremony. In this way, many indigenous people believe, that stability and harmony are maintained on earth. Sacred sites are places of power and importance because of their geographic relevance such as mountains, rivers, forests, lakes etc. or places such as temples and sanctuaries have been built as places to hold ceremony and prayer. Many sacred sites are recognized today as cultural heritage sites by the UNESCO for their historical and cultural importance. Ceremony and prayer are ways in which we as humans can collectively or individually commune with creation and the earth, also, in which we can give offering and offer gratitude for life and all the gifts.

Mayan Traditional Fire Ceremony in Guatemala

For some  many native cultures worldwide ceremony is an essential part of life and the earth and all living things are considered sacred. Unfortunately due to modernization and colonization many  of these native cultures have suffered the loss of their traditions and in some cases the prohibition of them to perform their traditional ceremonies passed down to them for millennia. In North America the Sundance and other traditional ceremonies that belong to Native American, where outlawed but the US government going back to 18 hundreds and only until the past couple of decades have many of these ceremonies been recovered and come out of hiding. In Guatemala indigenous Maya where forbidden to practice their traditions and to perform ceremony in their ancient temples and pyramids for more than 4 centuries until 1995 when the Government passed the  “Agreement on the Identity & Rights of Indigenous Communities” which grants indigenous communities the freedom to exercise their distinct forms of spirituality. In Mexico pyramids and ancient ceremonial sites are wrongly called ‘ruins’ and the and indigenous people are still not allowed to perform ceremony only in very rare occasions and obtaing a very special permit. In England the Druids religion is remerging from the darkness, obtaing legal status as a religion in 2010 and slowly recovering the use of their ceremonial sites such as Stonehenge where they perform the annual Solstice ceremony.

Druid Ceremony at Stonhenge, England.

Since 1995 Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation and 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe has been traveling different parts of the world calling for a global recognition of Sacred Sites and the celebration of World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites on June 21st.

In this recent month of June Chief Arvol Looking Horse and his wife Paula traveled to Brazil for a very special World Peace and Prayer Day ceremony that was held as part of the different side events held in Rio de Janeiro parallel to the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference or Rio+20 that was co-hosted by Aldeia Nova Terra, the Global Peace Convergence and Peace 2012.  The ceremony took place took place in “Kari-oca village”, the indigenous peoples encampment as part Rio+20. This ceremony was preceded by the signing and blessing of tha “Kari-Oca declaration” by more than 30 indigenous leaders and an indigenous march to the site of the United Nations Conference of Sustainable Development of Rio+20 to deliver this declaration to the heads of state and global leaders gathered there. Also present at the signing of the “Kari-Oca declaration” was Tata Pedro Cruz, Mayan elder and timekeeper from Guatemala, Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network and others. Inside the United Nations the different indigenous leaders spoke, asking governamets and leaders to recognize and protect the rights of indigenous people worldwide, many of which are being displaced from their native for development of mining projects, hydroelectric plants and oil drilling. Examples are endless and deeply disturbing.

Indigenous Leaders blessing the “Kario-oca Declaration”

Later back in Kari-oca village a wonderful ceremony took place under a great bamboo structure know as “Oca”. In the center of the Oca a fire was lit and a ceremonial space was opened around the fire. A smell of sage and smoke filled the air as representatives of many tribes, native and non-natives together joined in prayer for Mother Earth. One-by-one people of all ages and walks of life went to give a tobacco offering to the sacred fire according to the Lakota tradition. Chief Arvol Looking Horse guided this ceremony praying for the protection of sacred sites all over the planet and calling all people to unite as one nation in prayer. Tata Pedro Cruz spoke of the ending of the cycle of time and the rebirth of a new culture of peace on planet Earth after the Mayan longcount finishes in December 2012. The songs of the different Amazonian tribes present added a celebratory and unifying feeling. The Eagle and the Condor have come together again. These are historical times, for we are living in time of prophecy.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse leading prayer ar Global Peace and Prayer Day Ceremony 2012

World Peace and Prayer Day 2012

The date June 21st 2012 opened a 6-month window in time that closes on December 21st 2012, marking the end of the Mayan Longcount a cycle of  5,200 years. For this date Peace 2012and many other organizations will gather globally in a unified celebration and ceremony focused on the protection of Sacred Sites worldwide and the possibility of coming together for a “Moment of Peace”. Celebrations will take place in Teotihuacán, Mexico; Stonehenge England and Machu Pichu, Peru.  All of these are considered World Heritage sites for the UNESCO.
These events will bring together spiritual leaders and indigenous elders from many traditions to be part of a ‘’Universal Declaration of Peace’, a multi-cultural statement that incorporates affirmations of peace from all the world’s great spiritual traditions and cultures. The Declaration will then lead into a simple moment of silence, a universal moment of reflection that anyone and everyone can participate in globaly. For more information see: www.peace2012.net

VIDEO: Indigenous People Light Sacred Fire Ahead of Rio+20

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“It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse” 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

The Sacred New Earth Gathering will be an intereligious gathering that will happen in Aldeia Nova Terra as part of the  part of the various meetings and celebrations that are to be held parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil this upcoming month of June. In this gathering a very special ceremony will be held on the June 21st to Celebrate World Peace and Day with Chief Arvol Looking Horse spiritual leader of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota nations and several Brazilian indigenous elders and spiritual leaders of different traditions. The intention is to promote the worldwide celebration of the Global Peace and Prayer Day on June 21st, the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Since 1996 until now Chief Arvol Looking Horse traveled to different parts of the world to perform this ceremony on June 21 to promote this day as World Peace and Prayer by making a call for people to honor their sites and Mother Nature with sacred ceremony.

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The upcoming 26th May Mexico City will host the Wirikuta Fest a unique Music Festival that has as objective generate funds for the legal defense of Wirikuta, the desert in the State of San Luis Potosi that is sacred to the Huichol or Wixaritari people. The funds raised will be used to implement environmental and sustainable projects in the ejidos in the region in order to stregthen community projects and generate employment options different from those offered by the mining companies and agro-industries in the area.

Among the artists who will be joining this initiative are: Cafe Tacuba, Caifanes, Enrique Bunbury, Calle 13, Julieta Venegas, Sonidero Meztizo, collective AHO, Ely Guerra, Dr. Krapula, Amandititita, Ginger Ninjas, Héctor Guerra, Lengua Aletra, Luix Saldaña among others.

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The Pax Gaia Research Project along with Peace 2012 and various associated groups dedicated to the preservation of ancestral knowledge,  are calling for planetary convergence on sacred sites during eight significant dates during the year 2012 leading up to December 21st.This  project is called “Serpiente Emplumada” or the “Feathered Serpent”in honor of the ancient Mesoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl, who was associated with the planet Venus and was lauded as the bringer of culture and civilization.

The idea behind the Serpiente Emplumada Project is to highlight the most significant dates in 2012 and to create appropriate  ceremonies that honor these important times in order to generate a critical mass and awaken a new Earth and a new humanity. With this intention, they are helping to organize different academic and cultural  forums on archeoastronomy and ancient Mesoamerican calendar systems.

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