Today I asked Mamo Rodrigo, pictured below, how the mamos celebrated solstice. This post represents his reply.
As in Albert Einstein’s famous quote, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another, ” the sun, like love, like our own sun fire spirit, though never extinguished, is always changing and ever igniting into infinite possibility.
For the last 2 days and 2 nights the mamos fasted, contemplated, meditated and performed sacred service in “The Temple of the Sun.” Today, the day after Winter Solstice, the sun is re-born and refreshed with new hope. Like a newborn baby.
This year, Mamo Rodrigo went through a resurrection of his own: as a youth he’d lost a leg while walking alone in the Sierra, stepping on what was probably a land mine. Since he went unconscious when the explosion occurred, what happened is not certain.
Colombia’s socialized medicine fitted him with a prosthetic leg. It was stolen some years ago and probably scrapped for the valuable stainless steel. He’s been walking with a crutch for years; the provision for lost and stolen prosthetics requires an insurmountable deductible.
Thanks to Orlando Villarraga’s Go-Fund-Me campaign, Mamo Rodrigo walks on 2 legs and can conduct his daily rituals with ease. He can again kneel as he’s doing here, and he can walk with confidence through the rugged Sierra terrain. Thank you so much Orlando!
Next up for Mamo Rodrigo is a modest office. He teaches traditional sacred knowledge, reading, writing and mathematics in 7 Wiwa and Kogi communities. Children learn to read and write in their native language, and they learn perfect Spanish so that they can communicate well with the Colombians all around them. Mamo Rodrigo sent a very detailed document for the $6,785.00 project. If you’d like to see the full project please email me.
If you’d like to help Mamo Rodrigo build an office (he desperately wants a copy machine so that he can give the children learning materials to study from) please donate in any amount via the link below.
Thanks so much!
It’s been a great year for the Teyuna Foundation and our growing community. In our next post we’ll feature Manitou who raised $104,000.00 this year to liberate TWO sacred sites in the Sierra! Thank you Manitou!
Holiday Blessings and Much Love to All.
The Teyuna Foundation