The Glastonbury Peace Pole
In 2012, Tatomir Ion-Marius, a Romanian Peace Ambassador and international peace worker visited Morgana West at Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre. Tatomir raised awareness of the World Peace Prayer Society and the Peace Pole Project which were begun in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Peace Poles are four sided poles standing six feet high displaying the message ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth' in different languages on each side and are now recognised as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace
The Glastonbury Peace Pole was planted at the Glastonbury Thorn Community Day on January 26th 2013 alongside a new Glastonbury Thorn (see The Glastonbury Thorn - an off-shoot of the tree that had stood on Wearyall Hill from 1952 to 2010. Sited on the grass near to the Glastonbury Bench, by St Dunstan’s car park and in front of Glastonbury Abbey, it can be seen by visitors and residents alike. Director of the World Prayer Peace Society (UK), Caroline Uchima travelled from Scotland, along with her husband Uma, to attend the event. Peace Poles are hollow and members of the community were invited to write messages of peace on small slips of biodegradable paper which were placed inside the pole.
The Languages on the Pole
The Glastonbury Peace Pole has the World Peace Prayer, 'May Peace Prevail on Earth' written in English, Dutch, German, Romanian, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi and Gaelic (Irish). It also contains a Braille plate bearing the Prayer.
The Glastonbury Peace Pole Author: Morgana West 24.07.15 Edited by CH 27.07.2015