Culture July 2016

Uganda. ‘Imbalu’. The Pride of Bamasaaba.

The Masaba people, or Bamasaaba, live in the Eastern Ugandan districts of Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa, Mbale and Bulambuli. They are about 1 million people. The Bamasaaba are famous for their traditional male circumcision ceremonies, held every even year. In a three-day ceremony of dancing and feasting, preceded by a couple of months preparations, the initiates…

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Mozambique. In the shadow of the Baobab.

One day a group of young people gathered under a Baobab tree to listen to Kibaykita, one of the most respected village elders. The old man began to speak … Sporadic giant baobab trees stand on the sides of the dirt roads that wind through the African red trails. The Baobab trees tower like steeples,…

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Ecuador. The Puruhaes’ concept of Sumak Kawsay.

The Puruhaes are an indigenous people who live in the provinces of Chimborazo, Bolivar, Tungurahua and part of Cotopaxi, in the central area of the Andean Region of Ecuador. Today they are about 200 thousand people. Two indigenous leaders of these communities  explain the meaning of Sumak Kawsay. Sumak and Kawsay  are two ancient words…

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Germaine Acogny. ‘The dance of being’.

Choreographer Germaine Acogny, who runs the Ecole des Sables in Senegal, teaches her dancers/pupils to search for their roots in order to create something new. Germaine  was barely  ten years old when her uncle, the mayor of the island of Gorée, asked her to dance for the first time. It happened sometime in the 1950s,…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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