Monday, May 4, 2015

Water reflections upon a Community Washing

2009 Pine Street "Wash" Black Dot & Congo SQ West
      I am convinced that I must have immediate access to large bodies of water in my daily life as Water is the vitality of our life's blood, nature's gold a maternal Family surname. I thrive from participating in Sacred water initiatives and water preservation campaigns. Mami Wata's powerful transcendental influence - mermaids, underwater human-like creatures to the Starbuck's logo, yet equally concerned about the Gulf Coast's erosion, "man-made" lakes and bottled water?! Nevertheless, water starts my day with cleansing ori and blessing my steps, saluting the 4 directions and pouring for the divine, thanking the plant and animal kingdom and to refresh Ancestral libations - iba'se. 

Wezolo! - 2 Mami Wata sightings in one day! - Oakland 12th St Bart plaza and upon the entrance of LDG Carnaval rehearsal at Abada Capoeira, San Francisco founded by  Mestre Cigarra Marcia Treidler. 

[ below pix 1: Elizabeth joined by Mentors /Master Teachers, Susana Arenas & Amara Tabor Smith Priestesses of Yemaya. pix2: LDG- member Betty Pazmino Seasoned Dance Queen, demonstrating flair and grace ]

              Award winning Carnaval contingent, Latin Dance Grooves, led by Elizabeth Soberanes ushers whirls and twirls of skirt combinations Latin Dance styles from popular to sacred Afro Cuban traditions, honoring dos aguas "two waters" Yemaya and Oshun - Aguas dulce, Aguas Sagrada, reflecting the overall Carnaval San Francisco's 2015 theme, paying homage to water. Their presentation this year shall be the Lavagem. -- "the washing."  Salve Yabas

Where I love to be, draped in the vitality of her mysteries so long in time, 
yet earthed rite where I plant plant my feet, now tempered. 

Thank you Iya...

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