Jennie and I have some deep ties to India, a place we have learned from, and shared with, others. One of the themes that has arisen for each of us is that of similarity in belief and ceremony. The days of the Dead are still a couple of months off. Not so in India. Even there attention to the Ancestors seems to be slipping, as the country Westernizes. As always when things change, there are gains and losses. Many Europeans seem to leave the Ancestors behind, to abandon them along with the past. I often wonder whether more awareness of the Ancestors would help Western culture be more attune to life.
FEAST OF THE ANCESTORS:
Being of mixed ancestry I have created a ‘Samhain’ or Feast of the Ancestors Rite that combined the Hindu ancestral observance of Pitru/Pitri Paksha with aspects of my other spiritual lineage to call to and bless all that came before me. Before sharing my ancestral rite, which was designed to honour my maternal grandfather (Hindu-Brahmin) and my maternal grandmother (Hindu-‘Shakti Shaman), I wish to share a little basic information on a very complex Hindu rite. In Hindu tradition, these rites are performed by the eldest son. Lucky for me, my maternal grandparents were a little more open to the power of the Goddess and the women she resides in.
PITRU PAKSHA – (Sanskrit: पितृ पक्ष),
Pitru Paksha literally translates to the “fortnight of the ancestors” and is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious period which falls within the Hindu Lunar Calendar. This celebration is within a sequence of holy…
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