Guild of the Silent Sword

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I have a vested interest in African history and culture. One aspect of both is martial arts. So I want to highlight an organization that’s been doing a great job bringing African combat art to the forefront. Guild of the Silent Sword Guild of the…

Words From The Wise: Dr. Marimba Ani

“You’re not an African because you’re born in Africa. You’re an African because Africa is born in you. It’s in your genes…your DNA…your entire biological make up. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is. However, if you were to embrace this truth with open arms…my, my, my…what a wonderful thing.” –…

The Hadza

  Since I’ve been able to catch up on my reading, as well as research, I figured this would be the perfect time to take another viral trip around the globe. The continent tends to be my go-to, mainly because of its diversity. And I ended up in Tanzania where the last remaining hunter-gatherers reside….

Bomba

I was browsing Elders and Ancestor‘s Instagram page when I saw a traditional dance being performed. I knew it was African, and upon doing some research, I found out that the name of the dance style is called Bomba. Its birthplace is in Puerto Rico, so this prompted me to take another viral trip to…

Is Polygamy a Solution?

I was listening to a podcast earlier when the host asked a very interesting question: Is monogamy a natural occurrence in humans or is it cultural? Monogamy is defined as the practice of being married to one partner. Here in the West, the societal norm is to fall in love with one person, get married,…

They Fear What They Don’t Understand…Voodoo

In a previous post, an imperialist justified the current conditions of Haitians by placing blame on the religion used to gain independence. This led me to start researching one of the most misunderstood religions to date, Voodoo. Throughout the globe, Voodoo has been tied to witchcraft, darkness, and evil. And this misinterpretation perpetuates the negative…

La Fête de la Gaani

Greetings Everyone, It was time to take another viral trip, and this time I landed in Benin. There’s an annual festival that happens in the northern town of Nikki, and it’s a cultural event commemorating the descendants of the Batombou tribes. Usually occurring in December, this festival takes place for seven days with the main…

Himba

Greetings All, As many of you already know, studying African history and culture has become a passion of mine. So after taking another viral trip around the globe, I came across some very interesting information that I wanted to share. Meet the Himba tribe. The Himba (Singular: Omuhimba or Plural: Ovahimba) are a semi-nomadic people…