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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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