Eastside Neighborhood Park Indigenous Murals Blessing Ceremony

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City Parks and Recreation Department will host a blessing at Eastside Neighborhood Park of Los Voladores de Papantla, a newly created mural, as well as three recently re-envisioned murals by local artist and muralist Miguel Rodriguez.

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. The Eastside Neighborhood Park is located at 118 N. Soledad Street (on the corner of Soledad and Yanonali Streets) and the community is invited to attend the mural blessing ceremony.

The collection of four murals pay homage to pre-Columbian people using colorful imagery that is representative of various Indigenous cultures, including Chumash, Aztec, Maya, Yaqui, and Totonac. The project was directed by artist and muralist Miguel Rodriguez and was funded by the Parks and Recreation Department.  

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paglinsb Jun 18, 2022 09:53 AM
Eastside Neighborhood Park Indigenous Murals Blessing Ceremony

A well- meaning action I’m sure . Consciousness-raising takes place little by little. I imagine that it never occurred to the organizers that this was a form of religious observance. Probably saw it more as a “cultural inclusion” sort of thing. Now that someone has pointed out that it is inappropriate for government to fund religious ceremonies, it will probably not be done knowingly again. Moving on …

RHS Jun 17, 2022 10:43 AM
Eastside Neighborhood Park Indigenous Murals Blessing Ceremony

It is wrong that a city agency is hosting a "blessing" event. We are increasingly losing the protections that the Constitution provided to our nation and this sort of "nice" moment under the protection of a governmental agency is one such step. Let anyone who believes in "blessing" inanimate objects do so at their own pleasure but do not expend public resources approving it, advertising it, protecting it, or "hosting" it.

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