The spirituality and culture of Aboriginal Australians at the Vatican Museums

The spirituality and culture of Aboriginal Australians at the Vatican MuseumsROME — The exhibition “Rituals of Life” is accessible to visitors to the Vatican Museums will be on display for all of 2011.
“Rituals of Life” is a journey through the spirituality and culture of the Aboriginal people of Australia through the collection brought together in the Ethnological Museum of the Vatican Museums. “Rituals of Life” was collated by Fr. Nicola Mapelli, Curator of the Ethnological Collections of the Vatican Museums, with the support and collaboration of the National Museum of Australia through the work of Senior Indigenous curator Margo Neale and Katherine Aigner; and with the assistance of Nadia Fiussello.

Faith healer turns 101 this weekend

Faith healer turns 101 this weekendDESPITE his age, a faith healer who will turn 101 years old on Jan. 8 has vowed n to stop healing people who come to him for help.
He explained that some illnesses involving bad spirits cannot be cured by modern medicine.
Sun.Star Cebu revisited Egino Casas Peñas, or Tatay Pino, in his house in Maghaway, Talisay City where he has lived since July 2010.

They're Singing Your Song

TheyWhen a woman in a certain African tribe knows
she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness
with a few friends and together they pray and
meditate until they hear the song of the child.
They recognize that every soul has its own vibration
that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When
the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud.
Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone

Why I gave up sex and drink - but not TV, Bruce Parry, interview

Why I gave up sex and drink - but not TV, Bruce Parry, interviewBruce Parry is smiling sympathetically. As we meet, before Christmas, Britain is in the grip of the “Big Freeze”. But he’s just back from Verkhoyansk, Siberia, where the mercury can dip to -76F (-60C) on a bad day. So please excuse him if he takes all this talk of “havoc” and “gridlock” with a teeny pinch of rock salt.

Tribal memory coming alive in new healing garden

Tribal memory coming alive in new healing gardenAscencion Solorsano de Cervantes was the last member of the Amah Mutsun tribe versed in the traditional ways of medicine. People from hundreds of miles away sought her care.
In the summer of 1929 at age 83, Solorsano, the last fluent speaker of the tribal language, and a longtime resident of Gilroy, Calif., felt death approaching. To prepare, she moved to her daughter's Monterey, Calif., home, bought a new black silk dress for burial and called her family close to say goodbye.