WATCH: Half-naked indigenous man invokes pagan spirits during dance at Australian deacon’s ordination
By Dorothy Cummings McLean
Tue Sep 8, 2020 – 6:00 pm EST
MILTON, New South Wales, Australia, September 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Pagan spirits were invoked via drumming, chanting, and a ritual dance by a man dressed savage-like prior to the ordination Mass of a married deacon in Australia.
Philip and Bee Butler sang, and Philip danced, a ritual they called a “Welcome to Country” before the August 28 evening Mass in St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish in Milton, NSW, Australia.
Beforehand Philip Butler stated that he and his wife are members of the Budawang people of the Yuin nation.
In an introduction to the aborigional ritual, Philip Butler said that he and his family were proud to welcome Justin Stanwix, the ordinand, into their community. He said that their songs and his dance would ask a number of spirit birds and animals to “look after us all and keep us safe while we’re in country.
After the first song, Butler danced before the altar, singing and banging sticks or rattles together.
“I asked for protection from the air, the earth, and then the ocean,” he explained when he returned to the ambo.