Culture June 2014

Myanmar – Tattoo not taboo

From ancient time to nowadays, tattoo has became part of Burma’s culture. Between art and mysticism. An old Burmese saying goes: “Getting married, building a pagoda and getting a tattoo are the three things that once undertaken can only be altered afterwards with great difficulty”. Despite the advice, tattooing has become fashionable again among today’s…

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Music – Vusi Mahlasela

Vusi Mahlasela can truly be considered a perfect son of the South Africa Nelson Mandela believed in, the ‘Rainbow Nation’. In other words, those of the renowned writer and 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, ‘his tender and strong voice was ours, South Africa’s. He sings our changes, our achievements as a free people, and our…

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Guinea-Bissau – The sacrifice of the rooster

The Manjak people are an ethnic group living in Guinea-Bissau. They number about 100,000 and are scattered throughout both the continental and insular region. They are mainly rice cultivators. Keeping cultural traditions alive is important among this group. The ritual and traditions related to marriage are among the most interesting ones. During the kakaw, when…

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Book review – Horn of Africa

Broaden the discussion in order to make the topic simpler: paradoxical as it may seem, that is exactly what Kidane Mengisteab does – quite successfully – in his book The Horn of Africa, which aims to deal with two crucial challenges. In the author’s own words, ‘one is to provide a comprehensive and yet concise…

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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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