Friday, April 27, 2007

ON THE ROAD WITH LUIZ MENDES: Boiçucanga Bonus

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Being on the road and far away from home can be a draining experience, even under the best of circumstances. But rest and renewal come from being close to nature, which after all is our mother, our teacher and our healer. So it was a special bonus to spend some days at Boiçucanga which is a town on São Paulo state's northern coastline. The name comes from the Tupiniquin Indian language. Boi means snake. Açu means big and Canga means head.

However, for us, boiçucanga did not mean a big-headed snake but rather a beija-flor or humming bird.

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Here on a mountain ridge in a forest and overlooking the ocean

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a little church sits like the nest of a humming bird.

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A likeness of Padrinho Sebastião stands at its entrance.

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Padrinho (now deceased) predicted that he would become a humming bird in one of his late hymns.

Play the hymn.

Oh my God, oh my God
My God where am I?
Oh my God, oh my God
I am a humming-bird

Oh my God, oh my God
My God where are You?
Oh my God, oh my God
On the earth and the seaside
....

In this wonderful setting,
we prayed

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and, of course, we played

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with Sergio's family and friends

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and felt the closeness of Madrinha Rita

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Padrinho Sebastião

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and Mestre Irineu.

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Click for a slideshow of more photos.

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