Good evening! Well this is my second attempt at making this post! I already wrote this out, and it literally disappeared. Anyways, it's been a few weeks since I've posted, and man have I missed you guys!! I've had bronchitis accompanied with a sinus infection that lead right up into a small surgical procedure that was unrelated, but tiring nonetheless! Ok, enough about me! I have a great post to share with you guys!
The other night I was watching one of my favorite shows, Booze Traveler hosted by Jack Maxwell on the Travel Channel. Jack travels the world in search of the greatest alcoholic beverages and usually finds himself immersed in rich cultural traditions! This last episode I watched was no exception. Jack traveled to Guatemala in search of their beverage related rituals and found himself among, what I thought to be, very fascinating traditions. Jack was taken to a cemetery with his 120-proof beverage to accompany the locals as they displayed their spiritual beliefs. Similar to Americans, Guatemalans often visit cemeteries to honor and remember their loved ones, but they way they do it is very different than Americans. In a Guatemalan cemetery you are likely to find individuals flying kites over the graveyard, while standing atop some of the tombstones.
You see, Guatemalans believe that when flying a kite to honor their loved ones, the spirit of theirs loved ones will provide the winds & guide the flight of the kite! So you'll see many of them constructing unique kites to honor their deceased loved ones and flying them high above the cemetery to show that their spirit soars.
As I was watching this I became captivated by the beautiful symbolism and gesture! What I fantastic idea to honor our loved ones in a unique way! I hope you think so too! I know I'll be buying a kite very soon, and each time I fly it, I'll be asking my loved ones to take control!
" Let your kite, that which represents your heart, soar high above the ground and only persuaded by things that can be called love. Keep your string, that which represents your consciousness, taught and continually releasing , persuaded by nothing yet fostering mindful expansion." -Kim Babcock