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The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their daily food. Rice was only permitted to be grown in heaven. At that time rice was the food of the gods. At that time man was permitted to visit…

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Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village ran out of salt. But they could not set out to sea because the waves were high and the wind was strong. Their small boats would not withstand the…

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Why does the Hippo live in water?

A very long time ago in Africa, when all the animals lived together in the bush with the Creator, most animals lived on the land, and only a very few lived in the water.  The hot sun baked the earth every day, and all the animals suffered one way or another. But the animals had…

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Why the Monkey Still Has a Tail

Once upon a time the monkey and the rabbit made a contract. The monkey was to kill all the butterflies and the rabbit was to kill all the snakes. One day the rabbit was taking a nap when the monkey passed that way. The monkey thought that he would play a trick on the rabbit…

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How the Tiger Got His Stripes.

Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, so long ago that the tiger had no stripes up on his back and the rabbit still had his tail, there was a tiger who had a farm. The farm was very much overgrown with underbrush and the owner sought a workman to clear the ground for…

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Where Stories Come From

Once, a very long time ago, so long ago that it must have been close to the time when the First Man and the First Woman walked upon the earth, there lived a woman named Manzandaba and her husband Zenzele. They lived in a traditional home in a small traditional village. They had many children,…

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Why Zebras have Striped Skins

Long ago before people started taming any other animal apart from the dog, it was said that donkeys could also be tamed. One man who went to the bush to hunt told this rumour. After killing the animal he had hunted he found that it was very heavy for him to carry alone. So he…

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The Lion and Jabu

There was a young herd boy named Jabu. He took great pride in the way in which he cared for his father’s cattle. And his father had many cows.  It was quite a task to keep these cows out of trouble, away from the farmers mealies (corn) and out of the dangerous roads. Jabu had…

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Swahili Myth. Heaven and Earth

When God’s moment had come, He began creating the world of matter. He rolled out the day-sky and the night-sky like an immense tent, or like carpets full of mysterious signs and symbols. In the night-sky He placed the fixed stars like lamps with motionless flames. Others move along the sky, each following a path…

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Why the Monkey has no home

In the old days monkeys used to live together in the forest as one clan. Anything they did, was done collectively. There were no small groups. The only thing they did individually was to find food. In this monkey clan, an old one was elected as its leader. Being old and wise he was respected…

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Swahili Myth. How Man was Moulded

God made the night cover the day, and so their alternation marks the progress of time. One day, He called together His angels. They all appeared before His Throne, performing the ritual prayer of morning-time. Then the Lord spoke: It has pleased Me to decide that I will create a being – with brains like…

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Swahili Myth. The Creation of the Universe

Before the beginning of time there was God. He was never, born nor will He ever die. If He wishes a thing, He merely says to it: ‘Be! ‘and it exists. So God said: ‘There be light !’ And there was light. God took a fistful of this light and it shone in His hand.…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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