Sunday's Ceremony~Universal Burqas at Texas
Woman’s Dance, in Switzerland, and in New York
At the Ranch, a new ceremony for the
Woman’s Mysteries in the dance this year was about the Universal Burqas. One
of our Board Members Sharon Burney, who is now a law student in Houston, had
a vision this year; it was to make a prayer in the form of a Burqas. A
Burqas is the cloth or scarf that many women ‘have to wear’ in the Middle
Eastern Countries. Sharon’s vision was to make a universal Burqas; then have
one of the sisters be wrapped up in the Burqas; we would read the written
prayer; and then make a prayer of our own as she was unwrapped in one of the
rounds dedicated to the Universal Burqas. Sharon was not able to come to the
dance this year but sent the black piece of the Burqas. Part of a grant from
Dreyfus Foundation for Woman’s Mysteries helped buy the rest of the 21 yards
of material, which made up 8 directional colors representing all colors of
Women and the Universe. In dreaming the ceremony, Sharon saw 21 yards of
material wrapped around a woman making her a symbolic prisoner of the
Burqas; as it is unwrapped it will symbolize this woman’s freedom and
symbolize a prayer for freedom for all women all over the world.
As we begun the ceremony at the ranch, our Burqas girl who was born
in Iran didn't make it so First Lady Starr Grimes was tagged to be the one
who is wrapped up. Getting ready for the dance, Diane Webb did the sewing on
the 21 yard long material; Ralissa Shannon and Amanda Wolf were
Starr stood in the hot sun and as the Burqas started
to be wrapped around her...she said it was hot, confining, and felt like she
was in prison. The Burqas Prayer was read as she was being wrapped. In turn
each girl went to Starr and pulled off a section. There was not a dry eye in
the place. It was an amazing ceremony and prayer for women. I want to have
video's made about this one.
The first women to pull a piece of the Burqas was Hiroko from Japan,
as she spoke the prayer in Japanese; Angelique from Switzerland spoke in
French, Dutch, and German; Annie Tirotta spoke in Spanish and Portuguese;
and then each girl got to speak their hearts and prayers. Finally, I went up
to Starr who was crying and asked her did she want to be free? She said,
“Yes, as a prayer for all women to be free” and I gave the Burqas a tug. It
came off her and we all gave a big cheer as she danced from the hot confines
of the universal Burqas.
In New York again we did the same ceremony. This time
our Burqas Girl was Judith Anderson, who works with CEO’s and has traveled
the world to Afghanistan, etc. working on issues concerning women. She was
thrilled when I talked about the ceremony and said she wanted to be wrapped.
When she was wrapped, she was in tears. She has had to wear Burqas and
didn't like the feeling and now her whole body was wrapped. Again she chose
to go on. As we pulled the last piece of the material of the Burqas, she
jumped free and cheered, “For all my Sisters all over the world.”
In closing, this ceremony was so simple but has been
so powerful. In each of the three places, women were excited and grateful
for the ceremony. As one put it, it feels like more than making a prayer,
for a second I am a part of them and they are wrapped in me.
One of the sisters wrote: Dearest Thunder, Sharon and
All who envisioned and prayed the Universal Burqas into being - Thank you!
There is not one of us who hasn't known the fearful
touch of tyranny or oppression-discrimination in one form or another in our
life time...Thank you!
May the world join in this prayer for all women, in
every land, of every color and faith, of all ages, sizes, dispositions and
partner preferences... and then may we add all hu~man~ity into this prayer,
too! Thank you!
For this Sacred Ceremony that says by its mere
existence that Equality is yet a dream to be full filled and that each of us
is to step into responsibility to achieve that freedom for self and for our
For this prayer that moved me beyond tears and struck
a chord so deep that it has traveled to the heart of the Mother and returned
to mine, that I might thank you all.
Pila maye aloh! May we walk the Beauty Way upon Maka Ina Wakan
with Peace, Love and Respect for all within our hearts, minds and souls?
After all, we ARE all Relatives! Mitakuye Oyasin. Helen Heron Heart
This Cloth represents the Global Burqas.
It is the collective symbol of the oppression of women.
It represents the past and present tears and fears of our Mother, Sisters,
It is also a prayer for the future of the 5 rights necessary to achieve
equal rights for women.
You have the Right to Life
You have the Right to Equality
You have the Right to Equal Protection under the Law
You have the Right to Be Free from all Forms of Discrimination
You have the Right to Be Free from Torture and other Cruel Inhuman and
Degrading treatment or punishment.
As you unwrap this cloth,
Unwrap the Burqas placed on your mind,
Unwrap the Burqas placed on your heart,
Unwrap the Burqas place on your body,
And Unwrap the wounds inflicted upon you,
Return to your true Essence.
Embrace your Divine Feminine.
Allow MAAT to become You.
Live and Love in Beauty.
You are Freedom in the Flesh for the Entire world to see.
You are Woman.
Signed: Sharon Burney
(I, Sharon Burney, Dedicate this to Mary Elizabeth Thunder for her efforts
to bring out spiritual perfection in me and others. Inspired by Professor
Edieth Wu, author of Global Burqas, Texas Journal of Women and the Law,
(I, Mary Elizabeth Thunder, am happy to fulfill the vision of Sharon
Burney. I dedicate the Ceremony of the Burqas to Sharon Burney, Professor
Edieth Wu, and the Dreyfus Foundation for Health for their willingness to
support our dreams of visions of sharing with the Woman’s Mysteries. I
remain grateful to all for their dreams and visions of a Better World! Aho
Mi Takaye Oyacin)