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[ Any thoughts]

To: alt.religion.orisha
From: (E. C. Ballard)
Subject: Re: Any thoughts
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 1999 22:13:35 -0500

I can tell you nothing about the Dogon except for the usual suspect
material I have heard on rather "new-agey" tv shows about the Dog star
Serius and the flying saucers. I suspect that what I have heard, which
sounds like what you've heard as well, is probably the usual
misrepresentation that everything goes through at the hands of the
entertainment media. When will they quote anyone correctly?

On the other hand, and VERY DOWN TO EARTH, I can comment upon waterspirits
in Kongo traditions. The Kongo honor spirits of the water whom they call
simbi (pl: basimbi). The basimbi are spirits who have died twice; that is
to say they are two steps beyond an earthly existance. They have evolved
away from a human existance and are further along the evoltuion toward
deity. Because of this they are quixotic, unpredictable and can be both
helpful or harmful. this is of course because their concerns and realities
are unlike ours in significant ways.

Basimbi can and do come back to earth. They come to earth as albinos and
twins. Anyone who is "special" by today's terminology, that is, retarded,
or disturbed, or albino, in some way significantly different in appearance
or behavior from the norm is thought to be basimbi in traditional Kongo
culture. They are viewed as having prophetic speech and magical skills. 

It is worth noting that Kalunga, who was the god of the realm of the dead,
is associated with the water and the ocean. Hense, Kalunga in the new
world becomes the Kongo equivalent of Olokun/Yemaya/Madre Agua. 



Nsambiempungo l'acutara


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