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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

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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