Valley of Dawn (Vale do Amanhecer)
My awareness of the Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of Dawn) started while surfing the internet. The article was called Valley of Dawn. What caught my attention immediately was a photo at the top of the page. It was of individuals dressed in bizarre costumes. From my point of view, they seemed to be dressed for a masquerade ball rather than a religious gathering. Intrigued by the photo, I read on.
The following is a synopsis of what I read:
Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of Dawn) is a religious community where people flock to attain help for their spiritual or personal problems free of charge. It is located approximately 30 miles north of Brasilia in Planaltina.
The religion was established in 1969 by a spiritual medium called Tia Nieve. She was a poor woman from the Brazilian coastal area, and the first female professional truck driver in Brazil.
It was during spiritual communication with a pre-Columbian spirit called Pia Seta Branca (pictured above) that Tia Nieve began receiving information about a new religious movement. She was told that the new religion would contain elements from Catholicism, Spiritism, UFOs, Egyptian Mythology, Indigenous and Afro Brazilian religion beliefs. It would be a religion like no other.
After finishing the article, I began searching for more information. Soon, I was longing to go beyond the written words. I wanted to experience the Valley on a personal level. The Valley of Dawn became first on my list of places to visit next time I would go to Brazil.
A few months later, I was on a plane heading to Brazil. It was the spiritual journey that I had been anxiously waiting for.
Upon arriving at Brasilia, my friend and I mutually agreed to make the Vale do Amanhece (Valley of Dawn) the first stop on our spiritual journey. Even though my friend had visited the Vale do Amanhece on a previous occasion, he could not remember much. He had not been there long enough to explore the various mysteries of the Valley of Dawn.
As the car was slowing down, I looked out the car window and saw a sign stating Vale do Amanhece. We were near to our destination. When we entered the area of the Valley, I was not impressed. It appeared to be a town like many I had visited in Brazil.
We decided to stay in a Posada that was located near the sacred lake (further information on the sacred lake will be given later).
After freshening up, we headed out to commence our exploration of the valley. A woman, who was visiting the owner of the Posada, offered to take us around the area. Our first stop was the pyramid area.
Upon entering the pyramid room, we were greeted by a man and woman dressed in lavish costumes. The man wore a long brown cape, black shirt, yellow sash and brown pants. In addition, he also had on a white leather vest, which contained an assortment of badges pinned to it. We were informed that the badges indicated how many of the seven spiritual levels the person had reached.
The woman was dressed in a colorful, extravagant gown with an embroidered cape. Moreover, she wore a yellow and purple sash, and a headdress.
Our guide told them that we were visitors who had recently arrived. They were pleased to have us there and encouraged us to look around.
Before viewing and enjoying the many artistic treasures inside the pyramid, we were directed to consume a dab of salt located in a bowl near the entrance. It seemed to be a ritual of some sort.
The walls of the pyramid were adorned with colorful paintings of spiritual entities. The quality of the artwork was superb. In addition, there were two large pictures. One was of Pia Seta Branca and the other, I believed to be, Yemaya.
In the middle of the room, a sizable crystal covered with a sheer fabric was hanging from the ceiling. Right below the crystal was a receptacle filled with water. The crystal is believed to transmit healing energy to the water below.
After looking around, we sat and meditated for a while. The inside of the pyramid contained a peaceful atmosphere. It was an ideal place to let go and relax.
Upon leaving, we were given a small cup of water to drink. We took the cup, drank the water, and thanked them.
As we stepped out of the pyramid, we noticed a ceremony taking place near a pool of water. We were informed that the ceremony was for the dispersal of Earth’s negative energy.
By now, our guide had introduced us to her friends- a married couple dressed in the customary costumes. They were from San Paulo, Brazil. Every year, they visited the Valley to partake in its spiritual activities. The wife was a spirit-channeling medium, while her husband was a spiritual assistant. They graciously agreed to show us around.
After saying our farewells to our first guide, we tuned in to our new guides. They were eager to share their experiences. The information that poured out of them was invaluable. An explicit picture of the valley of dawn quickly evolved. They told us the history of the religion from the beginning to the present. All our questions were answered in full details. Although I was interested in what they had to say, from time to time, my attention drifted elsewhere. I was fascinated by the activities around us. People, dressed up, congregating on street corners or middle of a road praying or performing some form of ritual. It was something I had not seen before.
Lost in a world of deep thought, I did not realize we had reached a very important destination-the temple where most of all the spiritual activities take place. Outside the temple, a large group had assembled with paper and pen in hand. They were soliciting signatures. Although I was told that these individuals were gathering signatures to secure soul cleansing from personal karmic debts, I did not fully comprehend the true meaning behind their actions or the significance of the ritual.
Valley of Dawn - TO BE CONTINUED
vale do amanhecer - inside temple
vale do amanhecer lake
vale do amanhecer temple
Vale do Amanhecer
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