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Culture September 2013

Senegal – Baaba Maal: the People’s Voice

Baaba Maal is one of Africa’s most original and innovative artists. His music embraces the gentle filigree of West African folk, the tumult of mbalax and the toughness of rap and reggae. Maal was born of a noble family of Podor, an ancient village on the fringes of the Sahara. Across the Senegal River lies…

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Environmental sustainability as a way of life

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For Mayan communities, good living (Buen Vivir) means safeguarding natural resources. The forest, its wildlife, its trees, and its rivers have a sacred value for the Mayan K’iché inhabitants of Totonicapán, a department located in Guatemala’s western highlands.Timber logging in a 2-kilometer (3-mile) radius from water sources is strictly forbidden. If a family needs to…

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Mariachi: the soul of Mexican music

It was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mariachi is truly Mexican. It is the country’s most famous symbol. It is the soul of Mexican music. Its songs reach out from generation to generation, to all Mexicans wherever they may be.  The musicians dress in typical charro style, usually in black…

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Ghana – The ancestors’ stool

The Akan live in Ghana and in the Ivory Coast in the area bounded by the Volta and Kamoe rivers. They are the most notable group among the populations of western Africa. The main object of their ancestors’ cult is the sacred stool. It is here, as if it were an altar, that drink, food,…

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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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