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Dalai Lama to Second Line in New Orleans

OK. You think I’m joking, don’t you. Well, his most holiness, the Dalia Lama, is coming to New Orleans in May of 2013 and not only is he going to receive an honorary doctorate from Tulane but he’s also going to be given a second line umbrella.

Dalai Lama to Second Line in New Orleans

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The Dalai Lama’s coming to New Orleans to be given doctorate and second line umbrella. Will he second line?

This article from NOLA.com about the Dalai Lama’s visit next year explains the whole thing.

For those of you who don’t know what “second lining” is just watch this video. The woman dancing in front is doing it.

Second lining actually has a spiritual connotation in that it originated from funeral processions in New Orleans streets where the band would be followed by mourners with umbrellas and handkerchiefs, hence the name “second line.” The folks would dance in honor of the celebration of the deceased life and of life in general.

So, is the Dalai Lama going to actually second line? Well, why the heck not! When you got yourself a second line umbrella and you’re in New Orleans that’s what you do with it! And his holiness is always accommodating, I understand. And the celebration of life, joy and happiness is what he’s all about. So, will he or won’t he. Could happen. My bet is… he will.

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