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Culture June 2015

Kenya – Maasai. The place where the grass is tied …

The ritual of tying grass means a close union with God and with other people. In the life of the Maasai people it plays a significant role in various rituals and blessings Grass is of prime importance in the life of the pastoral Maasai. The extent of their reverence for grass may be measured by…

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Music – Asa, the little Nigerian hawk

Who said that African artists are only to be taken into account when dealing with genres such as afrobeat, rap, hip-hop, ‘world music’ and so forth? The continental musical scene, in fact, also features singers capable of competing with the big names of European and American pop. The Nigerian (but Paris-born) Asa – whose real…

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Book Review. ISIS – Inside the army of terror

Since June 2014, when it announced the establishment of a Caliphate in the areas it controlled, the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) seems to have become one of the shaping forces in world geo-politics. From the Middle East…

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India. Wari Walking

Singing praises and dancing, thousands of people have undertaken a pilgrimage to worship the Lord Vitthal, a Hindu God. A spiritual journey. On the eleventh day of Aashaadh (June-July), an ocean of devotees having undertaken an arduous two-week journey on foot, descend on the temple town of Pandharpur, in Maharashtra, in the western region of…

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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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