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Annual Pilgrimage Year 413
We are raising money for new vehicles for our travels on pilgrimage.
Earth Center Annual Pilgrimage
The Earth Center hosts an annual pilgrimage for the students of the Earth Center, as well as the public. This trip is very special because it gives the traveler an experience in the traditional culture unlike any that would otherwise be available to them as tourists. They get to experience the continent as initiates.
The pilgrims take part in ceremonies, and get the opportunity to visit villages and temples, as well as take part in, and experience the day-to-day life that would otherwise be closed off to them as tourists.
This is a very important opportunity for students of the Earth Center, as it gives them an opportunity to see in action, all of the principals and cultural activities that they work so hard, all year, to study. It is critical that they see and take part in the culture in order to give a context to all of the information that they learn about in the Earth Center classes here in America. Without a context, what they learn remains only in the realm of philosophy and information. Traveling back home and taking part in the culture, gives them the opportunity to experience the culture they are studying and convert their exposure into real-life practical knowledge. In past years we have traveled to Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Benin. This year we traveled to Burkina Faso, Togo, and Benin.
In Burkina Faso, we spent time in the capital city of Ouagadougou in preparation for our long stay outside of the city of Fada N’gourma, deep in the countryside, where we took part in a very historic event: the re-opening of the traditional temples of the Naba bloodline. Later in the trip we traveled to the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the western region of Burkina Faso, where the pilgrims had the opportunity to take part in the Dosso (Hunters) initiations.
During our time in Togo, we visited the Kingships there, as well as important temples and sites. There were several different traditional ceremonies of great importance that we attended. We will also be visiting Ouida, Benin for the annual International Voodoun Festival, where we spent time with the High Voodoun priest that sits over all of the temples worldwide.