en.news Antelmo Pereira Angelo, an Amazon father of nine, was ordained a permanent deacon for the Alto Solimões Diocese, Brazil, in a March 15 ceremony full of pagan symbols.
The event was presided by Spanish-born Bishop Adolfo Zon Pereira in St. Francis of Assisi church, Belem do Solimões.
It included painted faces, pagan songs, dances, necklaces, bracelets, headwear, animals’ teeth, shells and snails. Many indigenous rites mean to ward off evil spirits while attracting others.
During ordination, Angelo lied on a mat made of Tururi fibre. It was produced by indigenous women from the bark of the Capinuri palm and allegedly protects against the forces of nature (pictured below).
Bishop Zon used a black wooden chalice and ciborium looking like the black bowl which symbolises Pachamama and which Francis received during the Amazon Synod's closing Mass.
The ordination included indigenous songs, dances, bead necklaces, and traditional headwear, as well as the use of animals’ teeth, shells and snails, and bracelets made of vegetable fibres.