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MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

TaKeTiNa: Dance and Chant

TaKeTiNa is an up and coming rhythm, dance, and chant discipline. It involves basic beats layered with gentle body movements and uses a single stringed musical instrument (the berimbau) as an accompanying drone. After completing the exercise, the participants (usually in a euphoric state) all lay down and are asked to bring their focus inward. I tried it recently and found it enjoyable and insightful.


Dreamwalker said...

Sounds GREAT, Night Sings! Do you know of any planned in the Washington, DC area?


Night Sings said...

I'm not sure. I was told there is one person who might be in the area. I will find out more info.

Pam Desmond said...

There are two qualified TaKeTiNa teachers in the DC area: me (Pam Desmond) and my colleague Marcus Sims. We don't have any workshops on the books at the moment, but if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future events, please let me know!

Night Sings said...

Hello Pam! Thank you for posting. Sign me up! :)