|IMPRESSIONS OF MAE REGINA
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© Amir Bey, 2007
AMIR BEY, MEA REGINA, MOSSA BILDNER
MOSSA BILDNER AND MEA REGINA
SPECIAL TO THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© AMIR BEY, 2008
Mae Regina, from Terreiro Do Gantois, Bahia, Brazil, is a Mae Velha of Condomble, which means that she is a senior “Mother” of the Condomble religion, which came from the Yoruba of West Africa. For me, as an occult artist,* it was quite an experience to be read by her; Mae Regina impressed me a lot. Her wisdom and the depth of her knowledge of Jugo do Buzios readings is immediately apparent. How the reader connects with a querant is important; her ease and familiarity when she greets you, and her refreshingly candid smile and manner of expression allow for an open flow in the dialogue. No pretentious guru new-age root mama I am your queen stuff. She comes from a long line of Maes, including her grandmother and mother, and her knowledge and devotion to her religion is integral to her environment. Her level of attainment is recognized by those in her community, which adds to her authenticity.
In Brazil men do Ifa, Jugo do Ifa- readings using cola nuts- and the shells –women use shells in Brazil, Jugo do Buzio- and have read about it, seen photos of boards that were used and seen photos of the magical Mezas that the shells are thrown on. Mae Regina’s Meza was the first I’ve seen, and it is a wondrous combination of sea horses, shells, herbs, many elements that I guess are related to the Orisha, the pantheon of Condomble that are “forces of nature”. Humanity’s relationship to nature is an important aspect of the religion. I found it revealing that when I asked Mae Regina how she saw Americans, she said this is a spiritual country, with its abundance of natural resources. Our rivers, mountains, forests, are an indication of our spiritual potential, but we just don’t know it, because we are not involved with our “forces of nature”.
Mae Regina has many spiritual daughters and sons here in New York, as she does in Brazil. For the in-depth video interview here in THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!, hit the NOWSROOM button above. Mossa Bildner, one of her spiritual daughters, is interpreting for her in the video, and the interview was done at the home of reflexologist Francine Winston, another of her daughters. Mae Regina can be contacted via Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Photos by Amon Bey