I feel better already! Charles receives spiritual blessing by didgeridoo master
World-renowned didgeridoo master Djalu Gurriwiwi performed the 30-second blessing on the prince.
The Prince of Wales declared he felt “better already” after being given a spiritual blessing by the world didgeridoo master in Australia.
On a tour of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in Gove, which showcases the work of the area’s indigenous people, Charles took part in a Yidaki healing ceremony, where a didgeridoo was blown close to his chest.
World-renowned didgeridoo master Djalu Gurriwiwi performed the 30-second blessing, after which Charles smiled and said: “I feel better already!”
Wearing a stone-coloured suit and brown shoes, Charles spoke to people whose work was displayed at the centre and admired their intricate pieces.
At one point, Charles could not contain his amusement when a woman’s phone rang just as he was about to shake her hand.
“Shall we see who it is?,” he joked.
Earlier, Charles had been given a traditional indigenous welcome when he arrived in the Northern Territory.
Stepping off the plane he was handed a woomera – a traditional spear-throwing device – as he was greeted by aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
He went on to take part in a colourful welcome ceremony where he was presented with a feather-stringed headdress, called a Malka String, and a string basket known as a Bathi.
Prince Charles was presented with a Malka feather headdress as he was welcomed to East Arnhem Land, on the Gove peninsula, by the Rirratjingu indigenous people pic.twitter.com/nC0YphH1Mk— Ellie Cullen (@EllieCullenPA) April 9, 2018
Charles remarked how it was the furthest north he had travelled in Australia before joining a procession and watching the singing and dancing of the Rirratjingu people atop sacred Nhulun Hill.
His visit to Gove came on the penultimate day of his week-long tour of Australia.
He is now due to head to Darwin, before flying home on Tuesday.
Charles has privately donated thousands of dollars to Australia’s Royal Flying Doctors to fund vital life-saving equipment in some of the country’s most remote communities.
The service provides medical chests to people living in isolated areas, stocked with treatments including antibiotics for infections as well as pain relief.
Defibrillators, which can be used when a person goes into cardiac arrest, were one of the only pieces of equipment they lacked.
It is understood the prince has provided enough to buy “several” defibrillators for medical chests across Australia.
Charles, who is patron of the Friends of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the UK, visited the Darwin tourist centre of the Royal Flying Doctors, which showcases the history of the service, on Monday evening.