Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Snake Dancer Sheds World’s Problems

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A performance artist in San Francisco is using snake skins to spiritually shed the world’s woes.

Since 1989, Jim Berenholtz has used snake skins in ritual ceremonies to address various social issues, including war, racism, hunger, and nuclear contamination.

In the 51 ceremonies he’s performed so far, which occur at sacred sites like Machu Picchu, Mt. Fuji, and the Great Pyramids, Berenholtz either buries, burns, or casts the snake skins into the air to affect serious social change.

He explains, “We humans have so many old skins we need to shed to live in harmony in the new millennium.”

But despite the success of Berenholtz’s charming ceremonies, he isn’t shedding any of his modesty.

He recalls a ceremony in Easter Island, in the South Pacific, where he shed the skin of religious self-righteousness, and then a month later the Pope addressed the same issue.

Berenholtz says, “I can’t prove anything, but I feel that on some level the ceremonies affect things in the world. I’m just a cog in the wheel of a larger phenomenon.”

For more info, check out jimberenholtz.com.

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