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Culture March 2015

Mexico. Mazahua Sashes, between art and symbolism

The Mazahuas are an indigenous people concentrated particularly in the municipalities of San Felipe del Progreso and San José del Rincón of the State of Mexico. One way that the Mazahuas have maintained their culture is through women’s dress, the elements of which have concrete meanings and specific values. We look at womens’ sashes. Mazahua…

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Uganda. The Karimojong prophets

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, a particular figure in the Karimojong society is that of the prophet (ekadwaran). This represents the highest possible status which an elder can attain, and summarizes therefore the meaning and the consideration into which an elder is kept by his people. The terminology is scanty but to…

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Music – Voice of Hope

Contamination is often part of contemporary African musicians’ work, but few – if any – have taken this word in the sense Pumeza Matshikiza has. Her artistic background, in fact, is different from that of most budding or established African music stars: the 35-years old Eastern Cape-born artist is an opera singer, namely a soprano.…

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Book review – South Africa’s suspended revolution

As South Africa, a few months ago, reached a very symbolic point in its history, celebrating 20 years since the transition to democracy was completed and, almost at the same time, saw its citizens going to the polls in an election full of meaning, many journalists, scholars and political commentators tried to take stock of…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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