Monday, October 13, 2008


The slideshow above is a selection of kid photos from my recent years in Brazil where I've been immersed in a culture that values children as the truest of all treasures. One of my friends puts it simply, "Children are our hope. They are our future. They are what we believe in."

Brazil loves its holidays. Not only is there a Mothers Day and a Fathers Day but also a Kid's Day. It falls on October 12th which is also the day celebrating the Black Madonna and designated Queen of Brazil, Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida . And this year it was also the celebration of Ian's first birthday.


And so the kid's were gathered at Ceu do Planalto in Brasilia for a special ceremony of learning to sing and dance the Oração. As you can see, in the Santo Daime tradition they start very young.

Here's some more video of the kids -- this time singing the Laranjeira (Orange Tree) of Mestre Irineu.

Viva Oração!

Viva as crianças!

Viva Ian!

Viva Mestre Irineu!


Viva Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida!

minha rainha

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