African Oral Tradition


There is the spirit of nature, the spirit of the river, the spirit of the mountain. There is the spirit of the animals, of the water, the spirit of the ancestors.

Good is everything that promotes and increases the life force. Bad is everything that hampers and lessens it.

Human beings have mastery of the spoken word; their, then, is the responsibility to direct the life force.

Fear can engender deception because it creates images of thing that do not exist. Fear is one of the grounds for elimination in initiation [ceremony]. Man needs to have the courage and will to confront everything, never mind how strange or unexpected.

Despair and fear have a nullifying effect upon a man’s activity and throw into confusion. That is why initiation [ceremony] always contains a test of courage. It is an exercise of the will, a struggle with oneself. The goal of our journey, our quest, is to penetrate the mystery of life’s events.

Quoting Nelson Mandela:

Only free men can negotiate.

One of our strongest weapons is dialogue.

The fact that courage is expected of you in the face of the unbearable gives you strength for the rest of your life.

I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.

One Response to “African Oral Tradition”

  1. Jacqueline Gay Says:

    Freedom of mind, body, soul and of being, are the greatest gifts that anyone can have. When you are not free your are trapped and this is the most fearful place to be. This article really hits home in my life I know how being trapped can break your spirit

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