Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Gatekeepers

Today is the opening of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Gates" in Central Park, NY: art made up of 7,500 gates with saffron-colored fabric panels sprawled over 23 miles of trail in an 843-acre park. This husband-wife team covered Paris' Pont Neuf bridge with fabric in 1985. Ruth, can you imagine THAT--your bridge wrapped in 454,178 square feet of woven polyamide fabric!

Adding to this incredible trivia, both artists were born on June 13, 1935, he in Bulgaria, she in Morocco, exactly 10 years to the day earlier than my birth! They met in Paris in 1958, the year Donica was born. And just look at her red hair!

Malidoma Somé, a Dagara tribesman of Burkina Faso, says "The gay person is looked at primarily as a "gatekeeper"...Any person who is at this link between this world and the other world experiences a state of vibrational consciousness which is far higher and far different from the one that a normal person would experience. This is what makes a gay person gay...You decide that you will be a gatekeeper before you are born. So when you arrive here, you begin to vibrate in a way that Elders can detect as meaning that you are connected with a gateway somewhere....What keeps a village together is a handful of "gays and lesbians", as they call them in the modern world....They come from the Otherworld, and they keep the gates to the Otherworld. Because, if the gates are shut, this is when earth, Mother earth, will shake. Because it has no more reason to be alive. It will shake itself and we will be in deep trouble."

Today I would like to be a gatekeeper of one of the 7,500 gates in Central Park. Then I would like to walk through all of them to find their meaning.

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