While visiting my father, my cousin Cindy and I stumbled upon the Azteca/Mexica dancers of Calpulli Tonalehqueh and Eztli Chicahua along with some smaller groups at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, California.
The purpose of the union was to perform an ancient healing ritual for the city and it's citizens.
There has been such negative energy surrounding this particular part of the city, that it was necessary to begin the ritual here, at this very epi-center, where the healing masters can focus their energy.
The MesoAmerican drum beats moved through me and ignited my healing energies.
I stood there and allowed the energy to flow through me... it was amazing, and for the first time in a long time, I put my intellectual mind on vacation, and just went with the flow.It was awesome to see all the indigenous feathered dancers in their costumes. The pictures below may give you an idea, though never quite the same as being there. The costumes were being assembled about an hour before they performed. with many dozens of feathers and intricate beeds that needed to be assembled. You can't get these at a costume shop. The dancers put the outfits together themselves - I watched.
This was not just a dance concert, it was a sacred ceremony, an ancient healing ritual. A time for renewal, a time to for rebirth through the healing process.
There were both men and women and a few young children, who were invidually walking up to the alter and kneeling down in front of the drummers and offering prayers while burning incense.
I believe these were messengers.
Mexica is the name of the tribe we commonly call Aztec and from which we derive the name Mexico. The Calpulli Tonalehqueh use ceremony (such as this performance/ceremony) with dance, music and art as well as straight-ahead education to keep alive and enrich the ancient ways.
Some of these traditions have their origins as far back as the Olmecs.
As the ceremony began, out came the cameras and cell phones. I had mine held high as the dancers begin their ritual.
The day started off with alot of overcast, and by noon, the sun heard the beating drums, and opened it's eye and while looking down upon us, lent it's healing power....and signaled this by surrounding itself with the most beautiful sunbow.
I apologize for the quality of the videos, I suppose I need to invest some pennies in a new camera. Anyhow, I wanted to share a little bit of my weekend with you. In Lak'ech ala K'in.
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