Thursday, August 25, 2016

Queen of the Gypsies

Queen of the Gypsies

Gypsy wagon in Saintes Marie de la Mer, South of France
during the Sara la Kali pilgrimage

Sante Sara la Kali in crypt of church at
Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer in South of France

Queen of the Gypsies inspired by the sacred pilgrimage to
Santa Sara la Kali, the Queen of the Gypsies
and the story of Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome

You can read more about my first visit to Sara la Kali here :

The festival always takes place on Sante Sara's sacred day 25 May. The week before the caravans stream into the small sea side village.  As we travelled many motorhomes passed us.  The gypsies live in these modern motorhomes and many have enormous trailers behind. 

Outside the church of Saintes Maries de la Mer you will find flamenco playing gypsies, dancing girls, small girls handing out images of Lakshmi and older women selling the holy medals of Sante Sarah, indicating that you have arrived at the destination of your pilgrimage!  What magic!!

Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Abundance

  Saintes Maries de la Mer is a quaint village known for its white horses from the Camargue, the black bulls and the three Saints : Sara, Marie Salome and Marie Jacobe.  Legend has it that they arrived here on the beach with Mary Magdalene.