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culture December 2014

Kenya. Maasai – The concept of God

In the life of Maasai, God is always present. They are indeed a deeply religious people. Not far from the border between Kenya and Tanzania, can be found the mountain the Maasai call Oldoinyo le Engai, “God’s mountain”, and it is half way between the white mountain, the Kilimanjaro”, and the black one, the “Meru”.…

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Book – Egypt after the Arab Spring

The last thing one would expect from a book entitled ‘Egypt – the Elusive Arab Spring’ is a set of firm beliefs and the attempt to develop a vision of history. Yet, this is what Wafik Moustafa tries to do in his latest essay which bears the same title. The extent of the difficulties he…

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Music – Father and Son

In the hands of Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté, the kora (the 21-strings harp widely used in West African music) becomes a way of travelling both in space and time, and for the first time these two Malian musicians, who are father and son, decided, so to say, to travel together. The result is a new…

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China. “Empress for a day”

Ancient Chinese marriage customs have been maintained for thousands of years and are still practiced today. Absolute protagonist: the bride. According to Chinese legend, marriages are arranged in Heaven and merely completed on Earth. It is believed that the predestined couple is tied with a red string in Heaven long before the marriage occurs on…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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