Monthly Archives: August 2011

A West African water ritual of anointing

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – Psalm 23 The woman dips three fingers into her bowl of water. She traces her fingertips along my temple and down the line of my jaw while looking directly … Continue reading

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Feeding the ancestors with eloquence

Quoting Martin Prechtel (see two previous posts) on the Mayan view of the ancestors: You feed your ancestors with words and eloquence. We all have old, forgotten languages that our languages are descended from, and many of these languages are … Continue reading

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