Africa: The Motherland Since the early years of civilization, Africa has been looked down upon. Little do others know, Africa is the originator of everything that exists today. Africa has framed the way the world works. Many have taken away from Africa without giving credit to where it is due. Africa is the motherland of all civilization because it is the originator of the human race, it has taught other civilizations, and it is home to the first religions.
There have been many instances in real life where this theme has been a major aspect of our society, Martin Luther King Jr. had many speeches, writings, and readings that include the same theme that when faced with adversity the best thing to do is to persevere and good things will come of it. The Book of Negroes is an inspirational book in which the author—Lawrence Hill, illustrates the theme of perseverance in the face of adversity through the character Aminata Diallo. At the tender age of eleven, Aminata was abducted from her village of Bayo in West Africa. From then on, she was forced to work as a slave to her different captors. During her travels over-seas, Aminata witnessed severe brutality and what would now be considered crimes against humanity.
Music, dance and story telling are among the forms of art that have been kept century after century in Africa. Everyday life activities in traditional Africa included music and many other cultural experiences. Music and dance were traditions that characterized an African musical expression and played an important role in the lives of the people.The traditional music of Africa possessed a distinguishing feature of rhythmic complexity like no other continent. Music was highly functional in ethnic life, accompanying birth, marriage, hunting and even political activities.Before the 20th century, music was very different when compared to the 21st century music. Special occasions owned a distinctive type of African music.
Is Capoeira Brazilian or is it African? The answer to the question whether Capoeira is a dance, ritual or fighting style is simple. Capoeira is a ritualistic fighting style disguised as a dance. Knowing or learning whether Capoeira came from Rio, Bahia or Pernambuco would be a very difficult task being that most records and accounts post-slavery were destroyed. Capoeira history is passed through word of mouth, folklore and most commonly through music.
The need for worshipping abstract, “almighty” entities is common to the majority of cultures, even if in very different ways. Religion was - and still is – one of the crucial points in the construction of any society and it wasn’t any different in helping the construction of the slaveholding society in America. In the seventeenth century, when the British implemented the slaveholding culture in America, thousands of slaves were brought from African countries in order to facilitate the work of the settlers. With them, they brought a series of customs, including their religious practices. Those rituals were completely different from the ones of Christian slaveholders, like shamanism and other tribal cults.
The start of this magical religion dates back centuries ago to Africa, where primitive societies practiced their familiar rituals and traditions. The difference today is that “religion and magic are completely separated from each other in modern societies, but in primitive cultures religion and magic are deeply impeded in nearly every aspect of daily life” (Haskins, 29). This means that modern society has completely estranged magic from any part of religion, yet in primitive cultures, the idea of magic and religion go hand in hand and are used on a daily basis. “The interaction among all things, this view of the world as a force field, is the basis of the religion and the magic of a primitive society” (Haskins, 29). This force field is within the pyramidal foundation that most primitive African tribes are built on.
The other factor that takes away from this album is the two rock-rap songs, (She Watch Channel Zero!? & Party For Your Right to Fight). Maybe it’s a personal bias, because I never really like when rap and rock fuse, but I totally think they are in much better form when rapping over James Brown samples. Otherwise I can’t see any other flaws with this album. Chuck D performs like no other, and the Flavor Flav element is unique and essential to this album’s
The essay will explain both tales with the meanings or morals of the stories. Both tales set the characters status and represent different and similar scenarios of love and marriage. The essay will explain each story and give the thoughts and conclusion of the reader. Middle Eastern and African Tales Stories have been around for many years and passed down through generations for entertainment and valuable lessons to be learned. The tales describe the characters to be somewhat passive or heroic.
In the long controversy that has been The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’s history, the novel has not only been censored and criticized, but also banned for an array of perceived failings. The work has been accused of everything from bad language to low moral tone to racism. However, Mark Twain, the author, wrote this narrative not to discriminate, but to deject slavery and criticize southern white culture. He purposefully created a realistic setting for the story in order to further its impact. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is not racist and should not be banned from any American Literature curriculum.
The African tradition of decorating the body both enhances one’s beauty and gives a person a higher status in their tribe” (African). Although African body art and scarification fuels many prejudices about the African people from the outside world, body art has existed as an important aspect of African history that allows self-expression in various tribes because forms of body decoration have existed for over five thousand years. Body art has existed as an important aspect of African history because of the many styles of body decoration that exist. Africans use scarification, body paint, mud coloring, body piercing, and lip disks to embellish their bodies. Scarification, also known as “The Proud Mark”, describes the art where a person marks his or her skin in decorative patterns.