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05.04.2014
Mavis Lam and Kamong a€“ String Meditation Mavis Lam, pipa and zhong ruan player and Kamong, dancer talk about their performance, "String Meditation" this Friday, September 9 at 8.30pm at Culture Club. Families watch along the banks of the Reedy River as the ducks enter the race over the falls.
Our sense of taste of food or drink is determined mostly by smell, as anyone who has lost their sense of smell will confirm. The front of the Nose Dive was recently renovated to add these movable windows so that indoor diners can still be in touch with the outside in good weather. The 2 day Project Host BBQ Festival continues today with music and sampling pulled pork BBQ and judging. In the middle of the day on the trail, it’s time to stop for lunch at the Cafe at Williams Hardware in Travelers Rest, as have all the owners of these parked bikes. The original bronze wild boar, “Il Porcellino” was placed in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence, Italy by Pietro Tacca in 1612. Legend has it that if you place a coin in the boar’s mouth and it falls into the grate below, your wish will be granted. The Universal Joint bar and restaurant on Stone Avenue is a popular destination, especially for those moving into the new Main and Stone apartments just down the street.
The trailside entrance to Furman University from the Swamp Rabbit Trail has been completely rebuilt with the Furman logo created in brick work. The Chocolate Moose bakery has moved down Main Street into the cafe section of the M Judson Bookstore on Main and Court Streets.
As part of Imagine Upstate, the Red and Blue FIRST Tech Teams faced off their self-built robots in a challenge of many tasks. As part of the Imagine Upstate festival which featured STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), there was demonstration by the Roper Mountain Science center which featured chemical reactions. The Imagine Upstate festival was held in the West End on South Main Street and Fluor Field.
The heavy scent of Wisteria has enveloped several sections of the Swamp Rabbit Trail as they reach full bloom. The Pour Taproom is now open on Falls Park Drive, just a block up from the entrance to Falls Park. Blooming landscaping in front of St Andrews Episcopal Church on South Main Street in Greenville. Many of the South Ridge apartments at the corner of Church Street and University Ridge are occupied, and the building here is still being completed.
This pool is along the Sanctuary trail in Falls Park as the stream makes its way down to the Reedy River.
The Carolina Foothills Garden Club Sanctuary area above Falls Park was completed last year. The tributes here on his car are in honor of Officer Allen Lee Jacobs who was killed in the line of duty last week. Officer Jacobs was a 28 year old decorated Army Veteran who joined the Greenville city police force in 2011 after his deployment. The community has been stunned by the tragedy, but wanted to show support for the police and Office Jacobs’ family.
Saint Patrick’s Day festivities spill out to the plaza in front of the Playwright on River Street.
The building construction for Falls Park Place on the corner of South Main Street and Falls Park Drive is taking shape.
The Photo History 1993-2011 presents a visual record of the rich tapestry of participants, cultures, religions and beliefs that incorporate the Prayer Vigil for the Earth. The Prayer Vigil for the Earth is a living prayer woven into a seamless tapestry of many traditions through collective experiences of faith. The Prayer Vigil for the Earth honors North American native traditions in several ways: First, through constructing in a blessing way the Sacred Circle or Hoop as a container for two days of Prayer Vigil activities. During each Prayer Vigil, volunteers construct a Peace Village which can consist of Native American tipis, altars and sacred structures from many different religions and spiritual practices, labyrinths and various kinds of shelters. The Sacred Fire offers participants an opportunity to align the fire of their hearts, with the fire in the center of the Earth and the fire of the Sun. Clyde Bellecourt, Thunder Before the Storm, Ojibway Nation, leading the Sunrise Ceremony.TheEagle Bone Whistle is considered very sacred and to blow them for anyother purpose would not be respectful. On the Prayer Vigil for the Earth: “I know it sounds strange, but I love each and everyone of you that comes here and those all over the world. Grandmother Grace Smith Yellowhammer, Dine (Navajo) Elder, Founding Mother of the Prayer Vigil for the EarthA tireless worker on behalf of her people and all people, Grace Smith Yellowhammer has represented Indigenous issues to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nations in NY, and with Congressional representatives in Washington, DC.
Since the beginning years of the Prayer Vigil of the Earth, geese seemto welcome us as they fly overhead at propitious moments, such as atsunrise or sunset, prayer times, talking circles or moments whenwisdoms are shared by the Elders.When the participants in thePrayer Vigil are in deep sincere prayer or focused on a spiritualvision or ceremony, such resonance with nature in the immediateenvironment can happen with surprising regularity.
Participants give tobacco prayers into the sacred fire to follow the Native American tradition of releasing the prayers to the Creator (God) in the form of smoke which rises to the sky.
Water Ceremony Prayer of Invocation to the Spiritual Energies of Light in the Four Directions.
The Round Dance, which is guided by the sacred drum, is a Native American community celebration dance that brings everyone together.
The ceremony began when Sufi Lukman Boca and Rabbi David Schneyer ripped a small, black cloth in half to symbolize that they recognize the mutual suffering their people have endured as a result of their conflict. Following their standing under the Jewish marriage cloth in a commitment to a life-affirming future, the Muslim and the Jewish people present invited all the Vigil participants to walk underneath the marriage cloth. But the Saints of the Most High shall take the Kingdom, and possess the Kingdom forever, ever forever, and ever. Shinji Shumeikai is a Japanese-based spiritual fellowship dedicated to the enhancement of life.
In the spring of 1993, a group of young people in Oakland, CA supported the idea of promoting a National Apology for Native Americans in Washington, DC. First Prayer Vigil for the Earth, October 9-10, 1993The site of an historic, unplanned meeting of two of the Great Plain's Wisdom Keepers: The Keeper of the Sacred Calf Pipe (Lakota) and the Keeper of the Hat (Cheyenne).


Known for his humor, love of people, dedication, and wisdom,Harry F.Byrd was a Sundance singer, radio announcer on thePine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, hard worker, and clearspokesperson for peace and unity.
Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, Nineteenth GenerationFounder of the World Peace and Prayer Day, June 21“We gather so that our future generations may survive through peace and balance.
Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, Nineteenth GenerationFounder of the World Peace and Prayer Day, June 21“Wegather so that our future generations may survive through peace andbalance. As mentor, model and teacher to youth and young adults in Washington DC,Baba Ngoma provided inspiration to many young people anddrummers.
Near Oraibi, Arizona, there is a petroglyph known as Prophecy Rockwhich symbolizes many Hopi prophecies.
As with imagemaking, Aboriginal music also unites consciousness with the invisible laws and energy patterns of nature. Keeper of the Seven Fires Wampum Belt of the Anishnabe (Algonquin) Peoples and often called “The Gandhi of the Indian World”The Seven Fires Prophecy of the Anishnabe is spiritually encoded in the belt. White Earth Anishinabe-Ojibway Nation, American Indian Movement Co-founderClyde is a founder and Director of the American Indian Movement. We have selected images that we believe are representative of the experience of the Vigil since its inception in 1993. On the left side of the photo before the Washington Monument is the Vigil kitchen, used to feed the Elders, Vigil participants and volunteers.
They are used by the shamans ofAsia and the Native Peoples of North America and by Medicine Men tocall spirits, blown in time with the drum by the dancers during the SunDance, and used during the Grass Dance.The tibula bone of aneagle wing is used for the whistle. At the conclusion of the first small Prayer Vigil for the Earth in October 1993, Grace insisted that the event go forward encouraging the co-founders, Betsy Stang, David Berry, and Sharon Franquemont, to carry on the annual work. Some years we havelooked up from our circle on the National Mall to see a bald eagle incircling high above us, a rare experience above one of America's fivelargest cities.
The exact history of Japanese Taiko drum remains shrouded in speculation, although some educated guesses are possible. The purpose changed when Wisdom Keepers suggested the event be spiritual rather than political. Today, the ceremony lives on and is called "Mikotonori," in whichthe sound of drumming bridges the divide between the human and thedivine. Aboriginal art is perhaps most accurately described as a method for gaining knowledge of nature and its invisible Dreaming.
The belt is sewn with thousands of tiny, polished, cylindrical purple and white sea shell beads woven together with leather strips.This Wampum Belt has been handed down among the Algonquin for hundreds of years.
Chief William Commanda, the 89 year old spiritual elder of the Algonquin Nation is now the present holder of this belt, which is believed to have come into existence circa 1400 CE.
He was a major figure in the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 and played a founding role in an ongoing Indian School System, Legal Rights Center and the International Indian Treaty Council. Vicki Ooi, Director pops in to talk about his latest production "As You Like It" this Saturday, September 10 at 8pm and Sunday, September 11 at 3pm at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium. People of diverse faiths, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and ages come together to practice and experience peace with self, peace with others, and peace with the Earth. It is attached to a buckskin cordand tipped with a white plume feather from the breast of a goldeneagle.
For larger dance or powwow type drums, the basic construction is very similar in most tribes: a wooden frame or a carved and hollowed-out log, with rawhide buckskin or elk skin stretched out across the opening by sinew thongs.
Nature often echo's our activity with the arrival of apair of osprey, a pattern in the clouds, or a wonderful coincidence ofa person with some connection to the ceremony going on, just happens tobe going by the Vigil site and walks in at a "perfect" time.
The elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private, must be entered into with a good heart so that we can pray, sing, and walk in a sacred manner, and be helped by the spirits to enter the sacred realm.Native people throughout the world use herbs to accomplish this.
The oldest physical evidence of taiko in Japan is a haniwa clay figure of a drummer that dates from the sixth or seventh century. Committedto interfaith experiences, Baba traveled to Pipestone, MN to offer hisdrumming to Native American sundancers. Our energy as the combined will of all people with the spirit of the Natural World will make us be of one body, one heart, and one mind for peace.”“Look behind you.
An example is the playing of the didjeridoo, a long wooden flute, perhaps the oldest musical instrument on earth.Traditionally, an Aborigine would go into nature and listen intensely to animal sounds, not just voices but also the flapping of wings or the thump of feet on the ground. It has seven Diamonds which represent the Seven Fires.Grandfather Commanda and other Traditional Leaders believe that we have entered the time of the Seventh Fire, which is the time of decision between the two roads of materialism and of spirituality. The Seven Fires Prophecy is ancient but its message is relevant for today's world and for us, who must bring about a new balance to our lives and to the environment which we need for survival. He is also directing the Peacemaker Center for Indian youth and the AIM Patrol which provides security for the Minneapolis Indian community.
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?" Lao Tzu Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words, and the needs and experiences of other people.
In his spare time, he volunteered to escort veterans on an Honor Flight to DC, he instructed local school students on the dangers of gang involvement, was a member of SWAT and in his time off duty, he was a school zone patrol officer. We have included captions for each image that identifies the participant or event and provides more in-depth information. The Native American host tradition is joined by spiritual leaders and representatives from all major faiths.
One common ceremony is to burn certain herbs, take the smoke in one's hands and rub or brush it over the body. However, since the first instruments in any society tend to be percussion instruments, it would not be out of the question for taiko (as we know them today) to have been used in Japan for well over 2000 years.Japanese taiko as we know them today bear strong resemblance to Chinese and Korean instruments, which were probably introduced in the waves of Korean and Chinese cultural influence from 300-900 AD.
The Aborigine would also listen to the sounds of wind, thunder, trees creaking, and water running. If the light skinned race chooses the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an internal Fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood.
A sacred fire burns continuously in the center of a circle of Christian and African altars, tipis, a Jewish sukkah, a Tibetan stupa and tent, a labyrinth, a Prayer Grove, a children’s activity area and other areas. The very next day a tornado's funnelcloud passed directly over the Prayer Vigil site but did not touch ordamage the area.


It has been speculated that the predecessor of the tsuzumi style of taiko may come from as far as India, and came to Japan along with Buddhism. We are faced with either chaos and disaster, or we can unite spiritually in peace and harmony. We are faced with either chaos anddisaster, or we can unite spiritually in peace and harmony.
Mikotonori is a prayer in which thehopes and thankfulness of those participating rise straight to God.Such occasions of transcendence are known as " kanno doko," moments inwhich the spiritual and physical worlds speak to each other and areentwined with divine light.
The essences of all these sounds were played with as much accuracy as possible within the droning sound of the didjeridoo. The tipis and various holy structures stand as symbols of spiritual community in view of the monuments and Capitol dome that are symbols of our nation. However, the waves of cultural influence stopped for the most part around the year 900, and development from that point can basically be attributed to native Japanese craftsmen. Look farther and see your sons’ and your daughters’ children and their children’s children even unto the Seventh Generation. It was at such a moment that the ShumeiTaiko Ensemble was born.Shumei Taiko Ensemble believes that artcan touch every human being despite the differences of language,customs, race and religion. The "life path" established bythe Great Spirit divides into the lower, narrow path of continuous Lifein harmony with nature and the wide upper road of white man'sscientific achievements. The mystical power which springs from theartist’s soup passes through the written word, the picture and themusical instrument, and plucks at the soul of all humankind. The bar between the paths, above the cross, isthe coming of white men; the Cross is that of Christianity. Our grandfathers said the 7th generation would provide new spiritual leaders, medicine people, doctors, teachers and our great chiefs. The supreme being sent Obatala or Orishanla down from the sky to create some land out of the chaos.
Taiko were definitely used in battle to issue commands and coordinate movements by the 1500's; the taiko being the only instrument that could be heard across the entire battlefield. There is a spiritual rebirth going on." Dedicated to helping the people and fostering pride in Indian youth, Clyde says,"Learn who you are. He descended on a long chain (umbilical cord) and brought with him a rooster, some iron, and a palm kernel.
In Plains nations, the floor of the sweat lodge is frequently covered with sage, and participants rub the leaves on their bodies while in the sweat. According to picture scrolls and painted screens of the time, one soldier would carry the taiko lashed to a backpack-like frame, while two other soldiers would beat the taiko, on each side.
Thefour small human figures on the upper road represent, on one level, thepast three worlds and the present; on another level, the figuresindicate that some of the Hopi will travel the white man's path, havingbeen seduced by its glamour. Sage is also commonly spread on the ground in a lodge or on an altar where the pipe touches the earth.
The two circles on the lower Path of Lifeare the "great shaking of the earth" (World Wars One and Two). Some nations wrap their pipes in sage when they are placed in pipe-bundles, as sage purifies objects wrapped in it. A war taiko used by Shingen Takeda, a famous warlord of that era, still exists and is preserved by Osuwa-daiko. Later whenever you think about them, say to yourself, "It isin greater hands than mine" and don't worry. Theswastika in the sun and the Celtic cross represent the two helpers ofPahana, the True White Brother.
The short line that returns to thestraight Path of Life is the last chance for people to turn back tonature before the upper road disintegrates and dissipates. This served to increase the volume of the drum, useful in battle.In addition to the martial aspect, taiko have always been used in the most refined cultural settings as well.
The smallcircle above the Path of Life, after the last chance, is the GreatPurification, after which corn will grow in abundance again when theGreat Spirit returns.
Sometimes, one person will smudge another, or a group of people, using hands - or more often a feather - to lightly brush the smoke over the other person(s). Gagaku music was introduced to Japan in the Nara periord (697-794) along with Buddhism, and was quickly adopted as the imperial court music. Gagaku is the oldest continually played court music in the world, and it is still being performed.
TheHopi shield in the lower right corner symbolizes the Earth and theFour-Corners area where the Hopi have been reserved.
Dear Friend , on sacred Pilgrimage we visit 14 countries and holy sites, chanting the karma avoiding mantra. The taiko used for Gagaku (kakko, san-no-tsuzumi, dadaiko, tsuri-daiko, ninai-daiko, ikko, furitsuzumi, kaiko) are some of the most elegant and beautifully decorated of all Japanese instruments.The rumbling power of the taiko has also been long been associated with the gods, and has been appropriated by the religions of Japan. The arms of thecross also represent the four directions in which they migratedaccording to the instructions of the Great Spirit. In INDIA we meditate at Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple & Bodhi tree, sacred space of Buddha´s Enlightenment. At sacred lake Tso Pema we pray to the Lotus-born Padmasambhava & to female Buddha Mandarava.
In SRI LANKA we pay homage to Sri Pada at Adam´s Peak, to Kandy Tooth temple, to Mihintale stupa and other temples.



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