Beer brewing has traditionally always been a woman’s job at the Zulus ever since the Goddess Mbaba Mwana Waresa introduced this craft to humans.
Most people can probably tell you who Dionysus or Bacchus is, since ancient Greek and Roman mythology are quite well spread in the Western World. But have you ever heard of an African colleague of these Wine Gods called Mbaba Mwana Waresa? Well, the Zulus believe that this Goddess created beer and taught people how to brew it themselves. That’s right fellows, according to the legend this worldwide symbol for masculinity was a female invention.
The modern assumption is that the Egyptians of the 2nd millennium BCE had the skill level to move large quantities of stone, some over a ton, up to 500 miles away to construct the temples and pyramids. No other civilization has been known to reproduce this and even today with modern technology it would be extremely difficult and very expensive. But we are to believe that a civilization just a few hundred years from the Stone Age was able to accomplish this with copper chisels and stone hammers.
As a physicist, I could not pass on the opportunity to talk about the fellow South African astrophysicist Thebe Medupe ‘s work on Cosmic Africa. Cosmic Africa is a project/documentary about astronomy in African cultures, exploring astronomy among two of the oldest African tribes: the Namib (or Bushmen or San) of Namibia, and the Dogon people of Mali. I heard this documentary one evening on PRI. It felt so great hearing an elder from the Dogon tribe talking about their use of the moon, stars, etc, for their harvest. People still study the sky and the stars to guide them during the hunting season; astronomy is an integral part of their daily lives, dances, and ceremonies. This knowledge of the sky was passed on from generation to generations for the past 500 years.
Ok. I have had some trolls really trying to tell me about their thing. I mean, when I tell them I follow my maa (personal truth and what works for me). They flip out and can’t respect it. They want to tell me that their stuff is the “truth” and how everyone is going to hell. So, I want to share a little bit about what Maa means to me.
Maat (the Personification of Maa)
I know I do not need to tell you this but I am going to say it anyway. I love you all and I don’t care what you are in so long as it is helping you and not harming anyone. I have to say this because some people think that just because you don’t’ subscribe to Christianity or Islam that you hate Christians, Muslims, etc. And, that is farthest…
Kemetian Kache Eons ago in the Trionous Galaxy a Dark Skinned humanoid race known as the Kimetian Kache & the Nubian Kache one day came to Earth and helped aide a race similar to their own what was once known as Kimet & Nubia. It was the Triounous Galaxy that gave these Black Africans the knowledge of science as well as mathematics and astrology. During the following: Thutmose III reigned as one of Kemet’s most powerful rulers ever; guiding Kemet to its highest level of excellence since its creation. Thutmose III ascended to the throne in an untraditional fashion. Prior to ruling Kemet he was a devout priest in the temple of Amen. On a feast day, however, the priest paraded with a symbol of the god around the northern colonnade of the Karnak Temple. When it stopped at Thutmose III, it symbolize his right to the throne. As the…
Following are my typed notes from Professor Mbiti’s lecture at nearby Tangaza College. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Jesse Mugambi (Wiki bio) and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi in honour of their 40th anniversary. [The lecture was moved to Tangaza College as the result of “student unrest” at the University of Nairobi.]
Everything on the left margin comes directly from his handout though I’ve reinserted words—eg. articles and verbs—he omitted in the handout to save space. I’m not a terribly fast typist, so I might have captured the general gist of one out of every four or five sentences. I’ve bolded a couple of especially memorable quotes.)
Recently quite a few people have ask me if I believe in curses or do I think they are cursed? So I am taking this opportunity to write and share my views on curses and their power. I will share my own view, so please just take what resonates with you and leave the rest behind. One could easily write a book on it! So please excuse the length but I think each aspect is relevant.
A solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to
inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.
A contagious power that has an independent life of its own.
Otherwise known as a curse.
The First Time I Heard The Word Curse.
The first time I actually heard the word ‘ curse’ was when my mother shared the different names used for when a woman has her moon time (menstruation)…