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World Peace & Prayer Day

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Date(s) - 19/06/2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Part of what we do in the BDO is to bridge between cultures, creating and sharing ceremonies with folk of many spiritual paths. To further this, we align ourselves with various global events that began in other traditions and which share our dream and goal of bringing together spirit workers of the world to work for peace, the betterment of humankind and the greater good of all the world’s creatures. World Peace & Prayer Day, originated by Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse in 1996, amply fulfils these criteria. To quote from the WPPD wesbite, “World Peace And Prayer Day is an international celebration joining worldwide communities of all faiths, nations, races, ages and genders who share concern for the welfare of humanity and the Earth to share in One Prayer.”
Part of the work of WPPD is in re-awakening ancient sacred sites. We founded the Gorsedd of Bards of Caer Abiri at Avebury in Wiltshire in 1993 with just that aim in mind. At Midsummer 1996, the Gorsedd was visited by a Lakota spirit singer from the Pine Ridge Reservation who had received a vision telling him that he should join us for our ceremony. He sang a spirit song he had been given in that vision. His visit, and the founding of the World Peace and Prayer Day, are part of a still unfolding set of prophecies that began with the birth of a female White Buffalo calf in 1994. Avebury lies within the territory of the White Horse, who seems to fulfil a role in Native British traditions similar to that of the White Buffalo in Native American traditions (see for example the appearance of the goddess Rhiannon (Great Queen) in the Mabinogi of Pwyll, prince of Dyfed).
The fact that our own re-awakening of Avebury as an active sacred site took place just a year before the birth of the White Buffalo calf seems significant, a cosmic ‘coincidence’ recognised by our visitor from Pine Ridge. There is a kinship of spirit here that we must continue to honour. We therefore encourage BDO members and friends around the world to make ceremonies with us on this Midsummer weekend.
For further information, visit the website:
and see this video from last year’s event, in which Tsalagi (Cherokee) song carrier, Joan Henry, speaks of the sacred origins and purpose of the event: