Saturday, June 21, 2014

Puja Rituals in Jamaica Bay

The circumstances of this weekend's screening of documentary short The Divine Waters of Jamaica Bay are unusual, to say the least.

The film will be shown Sunday June 22nd at an afternoon community meeting in Ozone Park, New York. The organizer of the meeting, Kamini Doobay, is featured in the short and is at the center of concerns about the environmental impact in Jamaica Bay of so-called Puja rituals.

Although items used in these sacred Hindu ceremonies are often bio-degradable (flowers, fruit), there are also beads and other items sometimes left behind. These items have washed up on the protected Queens area's fragile shores and are causing environmental concern.

From a report by New York Daily News staff writer Lisa L. Colangelo:

Doobay is part of Sadhana, a group of young Hindus trying to promote better communication between the National Park Service, which takes care of Jamaica Bay, and members of the Indo-Caribbean community.
"Some groups are trying to be responsible, and we appreciate that, but more has to be done," said Dan Mundy Jr. of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, who has found beads, coconuts and other materials near the newly planted marsh islands in the bay. "Those took millions to restore."

Hendrick is aiming to wind up with a longer, finished documentary.

[Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers]

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