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Old 15-07-2015, 12:00 AM   #209
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Black Madonna of Częstochowa..

The Verve - Slide Away ..
In Vodou, Guinee is the spirit world..Loa are the spirits of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo.. They are also referred to as Mystères and the Invisibles and are intermediaries between Bondye ( Bon Dieu, meaning "good God")—the Supreme Creator, who is distant from the world—and humanity.. Unlike saints or angels however, they are not simply prayed to, they are served..The loa arrive in the peristyle (ritual space) by mounting (possessing) a horse (ritualist) - who is said to be "ridden".. This can be quite a violent occurrence as the participant can flail about or convulse before falling to the ground, but some loa, such as Ayizan, will mount their "horses" very quietly...The enslaved Fon and Ewe in Haiti and Louisiana syncretized the Loa with the Roman Catholic Saints—Vodoun altars will frequently display images of Catholic saints.. For example, Papa Legba is syncretized with St. Peter or St. Lazarus.. Syncretism also works the other way in Haitian Vodou and many Catholic saints have become Loa in their own right, most notably Philomena, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Jude, and John the Baptist..They are looked after by the Benedictine nuns of Priscilla...

Veve of Ayizan..

In Vodou, and especially in Haiti, Ayizan (Grande Ai-Zan, Aizan, or Ayizan Velekete) is the loa of the marketplace and commerce..She is a racine, or root Loa, associated with Vodoun rites of initiation (called kanzo).. Just as her husband Loco is the archetypal Houngan (priest), Ayizan is regarded as the first, or archetypal Mambo (priestess), and as such is also associated with priestly knowledge and mysteries, particularly those of initiation, and the natural world..She is syncretised with the Catholic Saint Clare, her symbol is the palm frond, she drinks no alcohol, and is the wife of Loko Atisou.. Her colours are most commonly gold, yellow and white..In the Voodoo religion, Loco (Loko) is a loa, patron of healers and plants, especially trees..This Deity was inherited from the Haitians Arawak ancestors..The Arawak has languages that may have emerged in the Orinoco River valley...

St. Clare was born in Assisi, the eldest daughter of Favorino Sciffi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Ortolana. Traditional accounts says that Clare's father was a wealthy representative of an ancient Roman family, who owned a large palace in Assisi and a castle on the slope of Mount Subasio.. Ortolana belonged to the noble family of Fiumi, and was a very devout woman who had undertaken pilgrimages to Rome, Santiago de Compostela and the Holy Land.. Later in life, Ortolana entered Clare's monastery, as did Clare's sisters, Beatrix, and Catarina (who took the name Agnes)..Before breathing her last in 1253, Clare said Blessed be You, O God, for having created me...

The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life originating in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world.. It was adopted into Christian iconography to represent the victory of martyrs, or the victory of the spirit over the flesh..In Assyrian religion, the palm is one of the trees identified as the Sacred Tree connecting heaven, represented by the crown of the tree, and earth, the base of the trunk..The palm was a symbol of Phoenicia and appeared on Punic coins.. In ancient Greek, the word for palm, phoinix, was thought to be related to the ethnonym..In Archaic Greece, the palm tree was a sacred sign of Apollo, who had been born under a palm on the island of Delos..The palm became so closely associated with victory in ancient Roman culture that the Latin word palma could be used as a metonym for "victory", and was a sign of any kind of victory..In Judaism, the date palm (Lulav) is 1 of the 4 Species used in the daily prayers on the feast of Sukkot..In 1965, Judean date palm seeds dated at around 2000 years old were recovered during excavations at Herod the Great's palace on Masada in Israel.. In 2005, some of the seeds were planted..One grew and has been nicknamed "Methuselah" ..., Nursery bones, Winter women Growing stones,carrying babies to the river, streets and shoes avenues,leather riders selling news..The monk bought lunch Ha ha, he bought a little Yes, he did Woo shing woo!.. This is the best part of the trip,this is the trip, the best part I really like.. What'd he say?..
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