Monday, June 19, 2006

Snake Dancer Trying To Make World Better, One Snake Skin At A Time

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A San Francisco-based snake dancer thinks the world has a lot of problems to shed – so he’s conducting healing ceremonies worldwide using the molted, or shed skin of snakes.

Jim Berenholtz has, so far, completed 36 ceremonies, during which he burns, buries or releases snake skin at sacred sites in every land.

The jet-setting snakecharmer wants to complete 36 more serpentine rituals before he’s finished; he’s already on lucky number 11.

Berenholtz uses the skin of an albino Burmese Python named “Ixchel” – after the Mayan goddess – and the modern day shaman claims the snake is now the only creature that has had its skin spread over every continent.

Berenholtz claims to have “shed the skin of hurry and worry” at many memorable sites, but none more so than at the island of Malta’s ancient temple – during a solar eclipse.

Berenholtz says discarded snake scales are powerful symbols because they’re biodegradable, plus they represent “letting go of something old,” something that, “as humans we are forced to do that all the time.”

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