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Ati-Atihan ("making like Ati's") celebrates the tribal history of the originating aboriginal families from Borneo who escaped religious persecution. It's also a celebration to honor their Santo Niño (the baby Jesus). Locals paint their faces and body black with charcoal and proudly dance through the streets carrying their statue of Santo Niño. It's a union of two spiritual worlds and a GIANT town party. At 4am Saturday morning hundreds flocked the streets with candles in a religious procession chanting the Hail Mary.Here are her pictures:
With tremendous deception, we create samsara -- pain and misery for the whole world, including ourselves --but we still come off as if we were innocent. We call ourselves ladies and gentlemen, and we say, "I never commit any sins or create any problems. I''m just a regular old person, blah blah blah.” That snowballing of deception and the type of existence our deception creates are shocking.Chogyam Trungpa, from "Introduction" to THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING AND THE PATH OF LIBERATION.
You might ask, "If everybody is involved with that particular scheme or project, then who sees the problem at all? Couldn't everybody just join in so that we don't have to see each other that way? Then we could just appreciate ourselves and our snowballing neuroses, and there would be no reference point whatsoever outside of that." Fortunately -- or maybe unfortunately -- we have one person who saw that there was a problem. That person was known as Buddha. He saw that there was a problem, he worked on it, and he got beyond it. He saw that the problem could be reduced -- and not just reduced, but completely annihilated, because he discovered how to prevent the problem right at the source. Right at the beginning, cessation is possible. Cessation is possible not only for the Buddha, but for us as well. We are trying to follow his path, his approach.