Culture May 2014

African Myths. A door to the mysteries of creation

In Africa, there are thousands of myths. They are an attempt to answer the great questions that, sooner or later, we put to ourselves about the world, the past, life, death, happiness, evil. Questions and answers that every generation puts and gives to itself and then passes on to the next. Myths are many: they…

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Mexico – The Music of Corn

The canario is the only kind of music played during the time of the planting and harvest ceremony, called the Tlamanes ritual. The name ‘canario’ may come from the musical and choreographic tradition of the Canary Islands, introduced to Mexico during colonial times. Regional musicians now believe that the name in fact comes from the…

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Mexico – The Harvest Ceremony

Corn is inextricably tied to the quotidian lives of the peasants and indigenous peoples of Mexico. As the basic grain, it shapes daily meals, and itís growing cycle influences the timing of ritual and celebration. We look at the harvest ceremony. The harvest ceremony is celebrated in October or November. The ritual begins inside the…

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Book – The New Middle East

Paul Danahar is not afraid of challenges, and his book The New Middle East probably is the best possible proof of this. In fact, in writing it, the former BBC bureau chief in the region, who has now taken up the same job in Washington, embarked on an almost impossible task: moving away from what…

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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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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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