Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: Chants, Music, and Sacred Practices of the Great Goddess by Alessandra Belloni explores the hidden history of the Black Madonna and how the Catholic church attempted to diminish her knowledge and power.

The mysteries of the Black Madonna can be traced to pre-Christian times, to the ancient devotion toHealing Journeys of the Black Madonna Isis, the Earth Goddess, and the African Mother to the era when God was not only female but also black. Sacred site of the Black Madonna is still revered in Italy, and, as Alessandra Belloni reveals, the shamanic healing traditions of the Black Madonna are still alive today and just as powerful as they were millennia ago.

We Talk about

    Who is the Black Madonna
    Why does the Black Madonna have a strong following
    The History of the Black Madonna in southern Italy
    God is a woman, and she is black
    The Madonna of the seven veils
    How the Black Madonna help with healing
    The Black Madonna is the patron of all humanity
    Racism and the Catholic church
    Healing todays world full of hate
    Drumming magic
    Tarantella the healing trance dance
    Black Madonna devotions and Feasts
    The Black Madonna representing unconditional love and universal love

Sharing her more than 35 years of research and fieldwork at sacred sites around the world, Belloni takes you on a mystical pilgrimage of empowerment, initiation, and transformation with the BLack Madona. She explains ho her love for Italian folk music let her learn the ancient tammorriata musical tradition of the Earth Goddess Cybele and the Moon Goddess Diana and discover the still-living cult of the Black Madonna in remote villages of Southern Italy. She vividly describes the sensual shamanic drumming and ecstatic trance dance rituals she experienced there, including the rites of tammorriata, the transgender rite of Femminielli, and the erotic spider dance of the tarantella, Which has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean for healing.

Alessandra Belloni is a world renown percussionist, singer, dancer, and actress in Rome. Voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by Drum Magazine, she designed a signature series of tambourines for REMO, Inc. She is the founder and lead performer of “I Giullari di Piazza” and Italian muscic, theatre, and dance ensemble, and is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.