LUIS EDUARDO LUNA AT CoSM
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Before the Celestial Celebration of the Vernal Equinox on Saturday, March 21st, our dear friend, the anthropologist and scholar, Luis Eduardo Luna, will offer a special presentation at CoSM. A spiritual, creative educator and author of many books focused on the shamanic traditions of South America, especially the roots and wisdom of the sacrament, ayahuasca. His retreat center in Florianopolis, Brazil, reminiscent of a perfect get-away on the North Carolina coast, has hosted and supported the journeys of many seeker-pilgrims. Having accomplished multiple degrees from Madrid, Oslo and New York, Luis Eduardo has been a Senior lecturing professor in Sweden, Brazil and currently in Helsinki, Finland.
Luna's workshop at CoSM will consist of two illustrated talks with one densely descriptive title: AmerIndian Epistemology and Sacred Plants: Artistic Expression, Persecution and Revival. Epistemology, the scientific investigation of the origin, nature,methods, and limits of humanknowledge, is the expertise of this scholar of philosophy, comparative religions and shamanism. The first talk will concentrate on the Amerindian pre-Columbian knowledge of food, medicine and sacred plants, and their extraordinary expertise in land use. After a break, the second talk will share examples of Amerindian artistic expression of inner states related to shamanism. This second talk will also uncover the clash of beliefs and knowledge encountered by pre-Columbian Amerindianswhen they were conquered and oppressed by European invaders starting in 1492. After centuries of suffering and persecution due to their indigenous religious beliefs and their knowledge of the power of sacred plants, these First Nation people are now experiencing a contemporary revival.
Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with us at CoSM -- all afternoon with Luis Eduardo Luna hosted by Alex and Allyson, catch a snack or meal in the Mushroom Cafe, and then stay for an evening of ecstatic music dance, live-painting, fire circle and more.
Alex & Allyson