Mayan elder, Mercedes Longfellow, offers Fire Ceremony at Manitou

Friday November 30, 2012

WILLIAMSVILLE -- The Manitou Project will welcome back Nana Mercedes Longfellow to lead the Maya Fire Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. The ceremony will mark the end of 2012 with sacred Mayan wisdom and tradition and reflect on its meaning. Longfellow, a well-known and honored Mayan elder, has dedicated most of her life to sharing the Maya ancestral knowledge with others. She is a wise teacher and loving healer who travels extensively throughout the world conducting sacred ceremony, teaching workshops and providing spiritual counsel.

The ceremony involves the creation of sacred space, prayer, and the making of offerings of candles and copal that have been blessed by the elders in Guatemala.

Longfellow will also share thoughts about the Mayan calendar, and the significance of the year 2012, as the Dawn of the New Era in the calendar’s cycle is approached. After the ceremony, there will be a potluck lunch at noon. Those attending are asked bring a dish to share. Also, each person is asked to bring one or more of the following to honor the fire: tobacco, seeds, unwrapped chocolate or unwrapped cookies.

If inclement weather, there will be indoor option. Meet at the Manitou parking lot at 10 a.m. Suggested donation is $20. For information, contact Fred Taylor at, or 802-387-2681. Directions: Go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right or 5.5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9.


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