Participation – Boa Morte, Day 2

August 30th, 2014 by admin Categories: Brasil Destinations Featured Field Study Research Public History Programming Random No Responses

August 14, 2014 Boa Morte , Day 2 –

 

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The last few people were leaving the church.

After standing the entire Mass photographing the service, finally I was seated. 

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Resting, hanging free. Everyone in my group was gone and I was seated by myself, with no true plans. The evening was still early and I was definitely not ready for another dose of the Holy-Tale. That was the name that a Sisterfriend nicknamed the Convent. Some people referred to it as a hotel, but Sisterfriend had it correct, the  Holy Tale is where our group was camped out for three nights. Best descriptive -Rustic. Nah I was not ready yet. 

So like I am sitting inside the church, resting, all by myself.  Divine.

The Measure: August 14, 2014 Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

 

Some of the Boa Morte Sisters were entering the chapel, but at the time I still do not know that the procession was proceeding through town and would soon return to the church.  

Then my gaze notices bright, attractive eye candy. A doorway, color, glass, light, form. As I often do, I instantly fell in love with this image. 

 

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

 

Camera in hand doing my best to capture the light, beauty and elegance of the Moorish tile work surrounding the majesty of this blue doorway.  The total composition, the wood carvings on the door lights, the incandescent light accentuating the lead glass and ironwork in the oval window, the orange red marble vessel beneath the window, the shadows, the wood pews, the gold leaf, it was all amazing. 

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

 

While framing the shots, my critical voice interceded with an immediate urgency, querying my rational. Why did I want a shot of these symbols of church patriarchy, dogma and doctrine, infused with Portuguese opulence? 

 Quietly, Divine Peace whispered this simple reminder into my ear, 

 “You want this shot because it is Beautiful. You appreciate the detail, design and workmanship. 

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

African folk built all this, from thought to finish. Enjoy Darling. In this life, visual delights are paid forward. Now relax Honey, aim your camera and take your best shot”

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

 

It seems that part of the experience of making pilgrimage to Boa Morte, is the reconciliation between, Iberian colonization of the western hemisphere and the religion of lord jesus christ, as per the rulers in the Vatican.

For many traveler Sisterfriends on the journey, the big question has been and continues to be

–So Like Why are these African Diaspora women, venerating and carrying around a White Mary?

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

No doubt for me, this has always been a reappearing question on my personal whisper quizzes. It’s complicated, my lineage and soul view are directly influenced by direct participation in the said colonization process.  

Weighing heavily on my conscience, years ago I explored this topic extensively in the essay, Counting the Ducats: Vatican Politics, Italian Finance and the Iberian Colonization of the Atlantic World. 

However it was this time in the chapel, on this rainy night in Cachoeira when I finally arrived at this moment of epiphany. Where the answers were rendered that would relieve my insistent quandary —Why?

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The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte, Day 2 ownership Epiphany

Well African Diaspora people praise in the church, love Jesus and carry around Mary, because their family labor and all associated rewards have been used and absorbed to build the church, the love of Jesus and the abiding support of Mary. Hallelujah! Fully recognized and acknowledged, African Blood, Sweat, Tears have been used to build it all! Our lineage is traced on the built environment. Amen, Asé, Axé!!

With this new understanding, Praise on in good conscience. African labor bought the spoils of the church, therefore it has been paid forward, African descendants own it. Give thanks! Feel it, Praise on! There is still very much to learn fundamentally about the customs, practices, traditions of the Sisterhood of Good Death. I am humbled and grateful to have begun to experience the journey. 

The Measure: August 14, 2014 Boa Morte - Day 2 #epiphany

The Measure: August 14, 2014
Boa Morte – Day 2
#epiphany