Friday, 10 February 2012

A Beginning: Goa


After
30 some-odd hours of traveling, 
dodging numerous questionable airline meals,
& many hours of journeying between
sleeping/waking states..


This is
our First sunrise in India,
 this photo was taken on our
way northward to Anjuna, Goa.


A magical land
 of intentional community, beautiful beaches & incredible opportunity for embodiment activations.
Goa, the origins of what is known as 'Goa Trance', 
a galloping & relentless form of electronic trance music which has inspired
a generation of techno, psychedelic trance & dubstep.
This land harbors some of the best dancefloors I have seen in india thus far.
With consistent full moon parties, yoga retreats, contact dance & performance arts festivals
this place is a melting pot of inspiration.
International Jedis, fire spinners, yogis, performance artists & empowered individuals 
from all walks of life gather here.


Above, a mural in 'Curlies', one of the clubs located right on the beach
that plays host to gatherings here in Anjuna, Goa.
Portraying
modern electronic dance culture, Shiva, Ganesha
& various other symbols in a rapturous presentation
which provokes an otherworldly sense about this place.


A video of the Upright Elephant Eared Taro plant,
`ape (pronounced ah-pay)
aka : Alocasia macrorrhizos,
which depicts the unfurling of these beautifully large leaves.
Extending upwards and expanding out to a width of
2 feet and a length of 4 feet
& sometimes larger.
This plant has been used as a food source for thousands of years,
the underground stem & root need to be cooked thoroughly
before consumption,
so as to break down the Calcium Oxalate crystals
which are liable to irritate human digestive tissue.
Indigenously;
 the bitter sap has been used topically to relieve irritated skin conditions &
the leaves have been used to wrap a feverish patient to
'frighten away the negative spirits causing'
the symptoms.



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