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How tradition inspired innovation, and a mission to cure the Caribbean |


04 Oct, 2018

For generations, Caribbean grandmothers have steeped and brewed indigenous herbs, roots and even bush, convinced of their ability to cure just about any ailment.  When two young entrepreneurs in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago decided to pay homage to this tradition, not even in their wildest dreams did they imagine that their earthy concoctions would be dubbed among the world’s most innovative foods.

Caribbean Cure, an award-winning tea company, draws from tradition to promote more naturally healthy lifestyles among those who sip their infusions.  The company is one of only two in the Region to be shortlisted for a SIAL Paris 2018 Product Innovation award, which recognises those who help shape what we eat today, and tomorrow.  They…

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AllBlack youth can learn anything if they are taught by Ancient African standards, using Affect Symbolic Imagery and African Dialectic (today called the Socratic Method). Ancient Africans knew the supreme place for youth to learn was from the Processes of Nature and to absorb from them principles of Mathematics. This was because being in Nature’s congenial atmosphere is fun, above “right/wrong,” and–by being so busy “just doing it”–beyond having emotions colored by liking or disliking it. Since Nature and humans are an indivisible unity–like two sides of a coin—humans already “Know” much of Nature. Thus, youth readily become one with Nature while in a primal Universal “Non-Self” state of profound Peace (Hetep, Nirvana). This trains ones Subconscious mind…

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Wilmington's Big August Quarterly celebrates sacred tradition of fellowship

"When they come this weekend and celebrate and gather together, they're celebrating the solidarity of being part of not only the African American …
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‘Black Matter’ Juxtaposes Cosmic Jewish Tradition with African American Radical Work | The Jewish Press – JewishPre…

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‘Black Matter’

Cosmic thought in Jewish tradition is juxtaposed with African-American radical imaginative work in the “Black Matter” exhibition at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Based on the Talmudic study principle of havruta—the study of religious texts by people in pairs—the CJM encourages learning through fellowship for Bay Area artists, established professionals, museum staff, and the entire CJM community.

Capitalizing on the unique Jewish perspective inherent to the museum, this program takes the practice of havruta and repurposes it for the contemporary art community. Each local artist invited to participate is given the opportunity to work with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of…

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Lullabies and folk songs, the popular western tradition introduced by African slave mothers

Contrary to popular belief, African ancient societies developed written languages and symbols that helped keep records of events and happenings. Many of these have been proven through archaeological findings such as paintings, scripts and clothes with symbols that have been discovered to be of great meaning and importance.

Despite the existence of a written literary culture, the main means of passing on knowledge and important events was through oral history. This was done through its elements such as proverbs, folktales and music.

Music was used for various reasons including telling stories and singing to children to put them to sleep or teach them lessons. Oral history and African music found its way to the Carribean and Americas through the slave trade and interactions….

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Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa

The performance raised questions about the uneasy balance between cultural appreciation and modern views of dignity and female empowerment. The episode also highlighted the unintended consequences of digital technology, which, in this case, spread local images to a far wider, even global, audience.

The so-called reed dance is performed each year in seminudity in other rural societies in Swaziland and in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province. The form of dress using a small apron is also widespread in traditional Ndebele culture.

But a reader on The Daily Dispatch’s website said: “All this needs to stop. When people blindly follow ‘culture’ they do not even know the origins or reasons for the culture. The origins are usually exploitative.

“How is this not pedophilia masquerading as…

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