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Culture November 2013

Latin America – The feast for the dead

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  “The daily experience of the peoples of Mesoamerica is that life exists because there is death. Corn, sown in the fields, dies like all the other seeds, to give birth to a new generation of plants. Death is a part of human existence and of the cosmos.” Unlike Western societies which greatly fear death…

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Kenya – Maasai “He is gone”

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  According to Maasai legend, in the beginning there was no death. Once upon a time, there was a man called Natero Kop. He was the first man that Naiteru-kop brought to earth. Then Naiteru-kop called Leeyio and said to him, “When a man dies and you get rid of his body, you must remember…

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Belize – Garifuna, the rich African tradition

Each year, on 19 November, the Garifuna community in Belize celebrates its rich African tradition, struggling to keep their culture alive. Belize is on the north-eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in Central America where they speak English, even though when you arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in…

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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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