HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA: A ritual offering honoring the Feast of Mary Magdalen
by Juliet Rabia
Day and TimeSun, 21 July 2019 04:00PM - 07:00PM (EDT)
Renowned musician and healer Alessandra Belloni will honor the Feast of Mary Magdalen with a special ritual offering where she will share special dances, ritual drumming and healing chants used in ceremonies from Southern Italy, France, Spain, and Brazil. Alessandra Belloni will share about her book which is based on 35 years of academic research and fieldwork, which led her to write the opera "The Voyage of the Black Madonna" in 1991 and brought her to becoming the Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, in New York City. The book is a musical-spiritual guide highlighting one woman’s mystical journey of empowerment and transformation and revealing the mysterious Black Madonna as a Christian tradition with origins in pre-Christian devotion to the Earth Goddess and the African Mother. It comprises 12 chapters and each one ends with the description of the ritual prayers, lyrics and notations of the chants. The traditional music includes the ancient chant to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) from the region of Campania the Black Madonna known as Mamma Schiavona, the Serving Mother, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor. The drumming is known as TAMMORRIATA, a sensual dance which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna. It also features new original compositions by Alessandra Belloni dedicated to the Earth Goddess, and the Yoruba African Orishas, Ochún, Yemanjá, the Black Madonna of the Gypsies from France and the Mary Magdalene. *Books will be available for sale! Alessandra Belloni is a world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer, and actress born in Rome. Voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by Drum Magazine, she designed a signature series of tambourines for REMO, Inc. She is the founder and lead performer of “I Giullari di Piazza,” an Italian music, theatre, and dance ensemble, and is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She teaches workshops and healing retreats around the world and lives in Edgewater, New Jersey.