Barry Spector's Blog – October 2015 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 151: The Sixth Gate of Grief

The Sixth Gate of Grief

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Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Francis Weller has given us all a great gift with the publication of his book The Wild Edge of Sorrow, in which he distills the insights gained in twenty years of leading grief rituals. It…

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Barry’s Blog # 150: Mexico’s Mother Goddess: Part Five of Five

PART FIVE: LA CATRINA

It is a most sincere truth

that this adage makes us see:

only one who was never born

can never a death’s-head be.

              – Mexican “Corrido” (folk song)

Parts 1-4 of this essay can be found here.…

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Barry’s Blog # 25: The Background to Our Day of the Dead Ritual

When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found. — West Africa

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Modern people have long been aware of lacking something that neither our ideologies, nor our addictions nor our consumerist frenzies can satisfy. Searching for it, millions have sampled Asian spirituality and discovered contemplative practices that…

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Barry’s Blog # 6: A Dark Salvation

A Dark Salvation

I love Gospel music — the music, but generally not the lyrics. Most Gospel lyrics convey the perspective of one has been saved by accepting Jesus. In other words, they tell the end of a story that began in ignorance, descended into sin, rose up to acknowledge the condition of being a sinner and arrived at the state of salvation. They invite the listener to join the singer, accept his/her reality as the only solution to life’s dissatisfaction and…

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