Pope dons feathered headgear offered by Amazon native
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Pope Francis on Saturday donned a feathered headgear offered by an Amazon indigenous tribesman and posed for photographs after addressing Brazil's ruling class in Rio.
After the speech, the Argentine-born pontiff hugged several Amazon natives with pierced noses, body paint, feather headdress and straw skirts.
One of them, Ubirai Pataxo, removed his headgear and handed it to the pope, who immediately put it on his head as photographers snapped pictures.
"This headdress is a protection amulet which links the spirit and the Earth. There is no better person than the pope to receive it," he told reporters as he left the Municipal Theater.