Haji Ali Dargah (Mumbai) – Incense attendant
On 12/6, I had the pleasure of being in community with several light-filled sistern who attended the Rhythm Sistas dance/drum circle. In addition to the food and music love offerings that seem to have become an integral part of the monthly circle–I shared incense cargo from my recent India trip.
I explained how for centuries Arabs have used these scents in various Islamic cultures to perfume their homes in desert climates. And, how Hindus and Muslims alike burn ritual incense during worship. I use the scents in my spiritual practice, daily meditation and healing arts.
For the benefit of those who missed the talk or simply the curious, I have prepared a brief description and names of the scents gifted at the circle. I’ve also included on-line resources for conjuring women who want to deepen their alchemic knowledge. Attars are not only used to scent the home, body, and clothes. Certain attars distilled from Agarwood Oils, or Oud, are highly valued for their aphrodisiacs properties.
Lastly, a word about purchasing dhoop, when visiting your local Indian bazaar do insist on FRESH and premium quality incense. To avoid being sold low quality incense reserved for unsuspecting non-Indians, ask for puja quality incense. If you are in India, the best place to purchase dhoop is from vendors near temples and mosques.
Stir your pots!
Indian Attars, Islamic Attar Perfume Oils & Pure Fragrance Oils in India
Dhoop: Lavendar and 6am. Ritual incense used during puja
Chandan: Sandlewood incense sticks for everyday use.
Attar – distilled essential oils, traditional Arabian process
Attar (charcoal discs) – BAKHAR AL AREET
Attar (wood pieces) – OUD MOATTAR MUKHALLAT
The Establishment Name: Attar Ahmed Dawood
Address: Shop No.6, Apollo Bunder, Landsdowne Road, Colaba
City: Mumbai – 400039.
Telephone Number/s: +91-22-22870435
(I’ve patronized this shop for nearly 8 years-fine gentlemen.)
Attar Ahmed Dawood, Colaba, Mumbai
manufacturer and exporter of perfumes, perfume oils, fragrance oils,
perfumery compounds, essential perfume oil, pure perfume oil, scented
perfume oil, perfume body oil, perfume oil bottle, essential oil for
cosmetics and essential oils for perfumes
Big up Rhythm Sistas for co-creating a POTENT community healing space in
the East Bay. Walk strong sistern/breath deep/chant peace/accept love.
When: Sat. January 24, 2009 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Host: Sandy Mills, Mar Stevens, Charlene Gumbs & Monica Anderson
Location: The Noodle Factory
1255 26th Street, Oakland, CA US
Phone: (510) 381-0844
When we drum – we send out waves of healing rhythm!
Bring your drum and your positive energy!
Become part of a circle of women who are creating a place of love, joy,
empowerment and artistic expression for Sistas of Color.
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME – LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED A DRUM
(NEW ADDITION! FREE Traditional African Drumming Instruction 1:30-2pm)
DANCERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN US!
Be certain to bring water and a chair. You are also welcome to bring fruit
or veggies to share!
Papaya Mann’s Toybox Showcase & Holiday Event (DC)
Featuring Comedic Performer Micia Mosely
When: Sunday December 28, 2008
7pm-1am(Performance @ 9pm)
Blair Mansion Inn
Who: Micia Mosely
What: “Where My Girls At?: A Comedic Look at Black Lesbians.”
Where: The Toybox Showcase
7711 Eastern Ave.
(202) 486-8888, (202) 882-1925
Message From Papaya Mann
This event we will showcase a special drama production starring Micia
Mosely from New York City, who is touring nationally presenting
“WHERE MY GIRLS AT?: A COMEDIC LOOK AT BLACK LESBIANS”. This one
woman show is a unique blend of hipness, humor, political astuteness
Micia is a seasoned Actor and Playwright who has performed in many
venues, from coast-to-coast. We will be entertained by a few
different characters from this extraordinary play. The production,
that evening,?is from 9pm-10pm.
For the remainder of the evening,from 10pm until 1am we will dance
the night away with specia ?sounds from our DJ, Margaret Kinard, who
will be flying in from Florida to work her musical magic. Come early,
doors open at 7pm as we enjoy the Jazz and R&B Lounge until 9pm.
For advance tickets, which are $20 give me a call at 202-882-1925 or
202-486-8888. You can also email me at Vpapayamann@aol.com for ticket
pickup info. You are encouraged, if planning to come with friends to save
cash by purchasing ten tickets in advance–because you get the eleventh one free! Otherwise, the admission price at the door is $25.00.
Looking forward to sharing a festive night to remember with you,
It saddened me to leave India early, but I did not want my family and friends to stress over my being there. So with a heavy heart, I departed India by way of Doha, Qatar, London, UK, and Los Angeles, CA. My body is just now catching up with the enormity of the Mumbai attacks.
I’m trying to decompress from the trip but the more I reflect on the political aspects involved in the response to the Mumbai attacks including the usual unchecked communalism, corrupt politicians and inept law enforcement officials the more enraged I become. Mumbai police, government officials and the t.v. media in Bombay have BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS due to what I observed as ineptitude, recklessness, sensationalism and a gross disregard for the physical safety of victims and the well being of the victim’s families.
The television producers at Times Now the English language channel should be drenched in blood due to their use of high-powered telephoto video cameras during the first day of the siege. Times Now showed in real time footage of terrified hotel guests attempting to hide from the terrorists while at the same time alert rescuers to their whereabouts. On the second day of the siege, a Taj Hotel victim emerged from the hotel confirming that terrorists had indeed been watching the news the first day of the attack and shifting their movements in tandem with the police. By then, the confirmed death toll exceeded 100 fatalities.
Enjoy these photos of my beloved Bombay taken two days prior to the attacks.
Jai Hind. (Long live India)
SPELMAN -NWSA WOMEN OF COLOR INSTITUTE 2009
Spelman Junior Faculty Institute
We invite applicants for our Spelman Junior Faculty Institute:
Women of Color: Theory, Scholarship, and Activism
June 15-17, 2009 · Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
About the Junior Faculty Institute
Hosted by Spelman College’s Women’s Research and Resource Center in conjunction with the National Women’s Studies Association, the Institute is designed to explore issues of power and privilege and examine intersectional analyses of race, class, nation, sexuality, gender, and globalization which have become central to scholarship and teaching in the field of women’s studies as well as feminist activism. The Institute is funded with generous support from The Ford Foundation.
The three-day Institute will be led by established women of color scholars in women’s studies and will combine readings, lectures, discussion, and media. The Institute will also take advantage of its location in Atlanta. A major site for the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta today is characterized by strong racial/ethnic diversity and a tradition of African-American leadership in the public sector. It also serves one of the largest gay and lesbian populations in the United States.
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MARCH 1, 2009
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Institute participants will have their travel, lodging, and meal expenses paid.
On occasion I tell people who inquire about my frequent global travel that it isn’t as glamorous as it may appear. There are times when my travel commitments feel counter intuitive to what I feel in my physical, spiritual and emotional bodies. And, then there are moments like I experienced the other day when I returned to Paris for an overnight lay over en route to India. I managed to spend the day running a couple of errands prior to spending a lovely evening with a dear friend. The next morning I returned to CDG aeroport in the wee morning darkness but was able to catch this lovely sunrise prior to my India departure.
The entire drama in Mumbai is being played out on the tv non-stop. The stand off between the police, the military and the gunmen has exceeded more than 12 hours. It’s weird because, unlike the states where the media and bystanders are cordoned off from the scene of an incident, folks are standing accross the street from the areas under attack. In some cases, they are directly in front of the hotels. So, I’ve been able to keep informed for hours on end. The US Consulate and Air France have not posted any travel advisories so i’m not worried about departing India.
I’m perfectly safe and far away from Mumbai. My Ahmedabad colleague invited me to stay at his house until my departure, but there really isn’t any need. It’s sad…but the reality is Indians live with this type of violence. Well, not on this scale, but violence is a reality for a lot of people in the world.
Chant peace and pray for the folks who lost their lives.