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KMT: in the house of life - Ayi Kwei Armah

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Livre - KMT: in the house of life - Ayi Kwei Armah, 2002


Un livre à lire,relire et à méditer.

"The work we hope to do is not about praising power. It's not about hierarchies. it's about our people finding itself again, and dumping the trash of king and castes and hierarchies and priests, the garbage of chosen peoples and superior races" P.135
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"Our offering to you is a narrative
of the creation of knowledge,
of its confiscation by men of greed and violence,
and of the defeat of women and men
whose dream was to work
to make knowledge abundant as air.
Since their defeat, destroyers have danced
on the ruins of the house of life
thinking Maât lay buried there,
never to rise again."P348
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Message par Hwenusu » mars 10, 17 12:34 am

"They lived in a world where strong men decided they could move faster if they threw away considerations of right and wrong.
....
Among the companions, at least before some went to the palace, there was no tradition of men rulers, women as servants or toys. It was Jehwty and Maât, Maât and Jewty. The rule of injustice requires one supreme god. A man. A bully of a man disguised as spirit. The companions were about justice, balance."P.344
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Re:KMT: in the house of life - Ayi Kwei Armah

Message par Hwenusu » mars 10, 17 12:49 am

"As the words came together, and as meaning flowed from their union, I felt the message reach me as a calm and direct call, soul to soul, across ages and spaces. Translating, I read the words over and over, and did not feel my tiredness, until the finished sheet dropped from my numb fingers, and I rose to go to bed, still astounded at the words:

Traveler spirit, you have found the sign as key.
If thinking Maât, you do Maât,
and doing Maât, you live Maât,
you too, working in the recurring time of Kheper
will recreate in love the circle shattered in violence.
Welcome, then, to our knowledge of beginnings
." P.158
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"
"Hor asked questions a child under that kind of training learned not to ask.
Why do we do things just this way? What happened a hundred years ago? Why are some people nobles? Where were we a thousand years ago?
Court traditionalist are comfortable with children who don't ask such questions. They love children eager only to use their intelligence to learn what their grandparents did, and their grandparents before them, and to repeat that and call it tradition. Hor had a habit of asking about something if he thought it made sense. Sometimes he suggested something that would make more sense. A time came when the trainers of court traditionalists saw him as a problem. He himself was ready for a change. He was sent here."

"to another town of traditionalists."

"A different town. This place was founded by traditionalists, and we have remained a town of traditionalists. But our founders were traditionalists who refused to live at the royal court. Theirs was a sort of quite quarrel."

"With royalty?"

"About royal power. Traditionalists at the court keep saying that royal power works for all people. Whether they believe it or not, that's what they're trained to say. Here we say something different. Royal power starts with the division of people into nobles and commoners, and division is a seed of troubles. At its most rotten, royal power turns people into slaves. So the traditionalists of Yarw are known to have raised these questions about royalty. Could there not be a different kind of power, with no slaves, no commoners, no royals, only people thinking and working together?" "P. 147
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Two Thousand Seasons - Ayi Kwei Armah

Message par Hwenusu » mars 10, 17 1:41 am

Le livre mythique d'Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons

...on ne le présente plus !lol!

"A people losing sight of origins are dead. A people deaf to purposes are lost. Under fertile rain, in scorching sunshine there is no difference: their bodies are mere corpses, awaiting final burial."P.XV

"In this present season the flow is so powerful in the direction of deaths. It has been so long, even since before Anoa spoke her prophecy of a thousand seasons and another thousand seasons wasted wandering amazed along alien roads, another thousand spent finding paths to the living way.

The reign of the destroyers has been long. It will be longer.
....
Remember this: against all that destruction some yet remained among us unforgetful of origins, dreaming secret dreams, seeing secret visions, hearing secret voices of our purpose
."

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Re:Two Thousand Seasons - Ayi Kwei Armah

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"One

The way


We are not a people of yesterday. Do they ask how many single seasons we have flowed from our beginnings till now? We shall point them to the proper beginning of their counting. On a clear night when the light of the moon has blighted the ancient woman and her seven children, on such a night tell them to go alone into the world. There, have them count first the one, then the seven, and after the seven all the other stars visible to their eyes alone.
After that beginning they will be ready for the sand. Let them seek the sealine. They will not have to ponder where to start. Have them count the sand. Let them count it grain from single grain.
And after they have reached the end of that counting we shall not ask them to number the raindrops in the ocean. But with the wisdom of the aftermath have them ask us again how many seasons have flowed by since our people were unborn.
The air everywhere around is poisoned with truncated tales of our origins. That is also part of the wreckage of our people. "P.21
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Re:Two Thousand Seasons - Ayi Kwei Armah

Message par Hwenusu » mars 10, 17 3:15 am

""Change, or we will kill you," the first white predators, those from the desert, had said. "Believe in our road; abandon your way. Forget your ancestors; forget your posterity. Forget who your people are; forget your very selves and we will let your bodies live."
Yes, we were told to kill our soul so our bodies might live. Into these forsaken bodies alien, fictitious souls were to be poured to do the bidding, do the work of others."P.146


ça fait penser au film Get Out qui vient de sortir.

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The Healers - Ayi Kwei Armah

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"The healer devotes himself to inspiration. He also lives against manipulation... Its a disease, a popular one. If I'm not spiritually blind, I see your spirit. I speak to it if I want to invite you to do something with me. If you spirit agrees it moves your body and your body acts. That's inspiration. But if I'm blind to your spirit I see only your body. Then if I want you to do something for me I force or trick your body into doing it even against your spirit's direction. That's manipulation. Manipulation steals a person's body from his spirit, cuts the body off from its own spirit's direction. The healer is a life-long enemy of all manipulation. The healers method is inspiration."

"Those who learn to read the signs around them and to hear the language of the universe reach a kind of knowledge healers call the shadow. The shadow, because that kind of knowledge follows you everywhere. When you find it, it is not difficult at all. It says there are two forces, unity and division. The first creates. The second destroys; its a disease, disintegration."

"A people can be diseased the same way. Those who need naturally to be together but are not, are they not a people sicker than the individual body disintegrated from its soul? Sometimes a whole people needs healing work. Not a tribe, not a nation. Tribes and nations are just signs that the whole is diseased. The healing work that cures a whole people is the highest work, far higher than the cure of single individuals."
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Re:Two Thousand Seasons - Ayi Kwei Armah

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"Prologue

Springwater flowing to the desert, where you flow there is no regeneration. the desert takes. The desert knows no giving. To the giving water of your flowing it is not in the nature of the desert to return anything but destruction. Springwater flowing to the desert, your future is extinction.

Hau, people headed after the setting sun, in that direction even the possibility of regeneration is dead. There the devotees of death take life, consume it, exhaust every living thing. Then they move on, forever seeking newer boundaries. Wherever there are living remnants undestroyed, there lies more work for them. Whatever would direct itself after the setting sun, an ashen death lies in wait for it. Whichever people make the falling fire their aim, a pale extinction awaits them among the destroyers.

Woe the headwater needing to give, giving only to floodwater flowing desertward. Woe the link from spring to stream. Woe the link receiving springwater only to pass it on in a stream flowing to waste, seeking extinction.
You hearers, seers, imaginers, thinkers, rememberers, you prophets called to communicate truths of the living way to a people fascinated unto death, you called to link memory with forelistening, to join the uncountable seasons of our flowing to unkonwn tomorrows even more numerous, communicators doomed to pass on truths of our origins to a people rushing deathward, grown contemptuous in our ignorance of our source, prejudiced against our own survival, how shall your utterance be heard?
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Message par Hwenusu » mars 11, 17 12:37 am

" "It is time," the interpreter said, giving us Djiely's meaning, "to end deceit. I shall begin with what I have to say that is important. After that if I have time, and breath, I'll be ready for explanations.
"Yesterday I was tempted, several times, to interrupt the proceedings when I heard some of our guest here say there was no formal system of education for historians in Africa. I am glad someone wiser and calmer than I restrained me, because now I have heard all that the others had to say, and I speak the truth I know, and not be interrupted.

"I know about the education of traditionalists, whom we call here djielis, because I have not simply gone through it - it has been the center of my life.
"The education of djielis, traditional historians, is along and complex affair. It lasts long because of the quantity and quality of the material to be studied: the entirety of a people's history. The complexity, as for that, comes from a painful necessity, that of learning the truth but at the same time undertaking never to utter if fully in public, all the while repeating, on every public occasion, that we are sworn to a profession of truth. If truth it is, it is avery complicated truth we carry.

"We traditionalists are djielis because of what we are, or should I say, because of what we could be, Djieli in our language is blood, and blood is what we are supposed to be like in our behavior. Blood it is that takes breath of life from the universe into the body, bringing it the energy of life, vitality, health.
"To do its work, blood needs to move everywhere in the body if the body is to stay alive and healthy. Stop it in one part, and disease strikes that part through bloating, and strikes every other part through the dearth of living water. If blood is to do its work, it needs to follow the truth of its own nature, which is sharing. It is in the nature of blood to share vitality with every part of the body. "P.183

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" "Now think of the traditionalists, and envisage blood not reaching every part of the people as body, but staying blocked in one part alone, be it head, chest, limb or aperture. There you have an image of disease. But that image is also sign of the way we live.

"It is true that we traditionalists are sworn to secrecy, and that in a way that splits a person's mind for the remainder of his life. We are sworn first to know the truth. Then we are sworn to keep it hidden. Imagine the tension of the oath. Observing it, we know we are traitors to our people, to whom we owe our loyalty. If we break it, we must become traitors to the rulers of our people, to whom we used to owe our sustenance. That is the intolerable tension under which we live our lives as traditionalists.

" It is a tension which leads often to unstated fears, unspoken suspicion, even contempt, and that is the danger. Because when a people become contemptuous of the repositories of history, they have taken the last step before contempt for their own narrative, that is to say, contempt for themselves as living process. I say a society that holds its own history in contempt is dead in the heart and sick in the brain. That is where we are now." " P.183

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" "You have heard supposed keepers of knowledge tell you that the traditionalists of Africa have no way of keeping accurate time. Now hear the truth. We count, but we ourselves, tied up by the oath of power, contribute actively to the myth of a society ignorant of counting by keeping our computational methods secret. Go to the inner homes wher traditionalists live. If they let you enter, you will see stones, tapestry, beads. The stones vary in size, from years to decades to centuries. The tapestry has reminders woven into it. the beads have colors answering to the narrative of time. They are much like the stones, but their detail is finer."

" " All the people are allowed to see is the flash of our knowledge on the ceremonial date. Because it reaches them form a background they are prevented from understanding, it arrives as magic. Whatever touches the mind as magic strengthens the infant urge to believe in wonders, to give up the work of explanation and understanding. Hear what I'm saying: foolisness comes to a people through deliberate training, not through luck nature. Needless to say, we traditionalists are trained never to explain to the people that what we know and do is not magic, just knowledge backed with practice."

" The Arabs knew what they wanted from us when they came, but they also knew better than to tell us straight. They said they brought us salvation. The Europeans did the same. They have always known what it is they need to take away from us: our sustenance from land and sea and air, the vitality of our bodies, the consciousness in our spirits. But their song is that they bring us salvation...."

"...Much of our memory was stored in our names: the deeds of our fathers, the character of our mothers, the meaning of our hopes and fears.

"... The time has come, I think, to return to the telling of the truth, our lost narrative, bound to stay lost as long as traditionalists were ready to trade its death for their personal survival, capable of living again provided we learn how to choose a personal death if that is the price for the resurrection of our people's murdered memory.

"Terrible is the fragility of good beginnings. Look at the egg; what strength can you see in it with your physical eye? Yet from that fragility can come great vitality. That is one reason for us not to lose courage simply because our current reality is so fragile in the face of established chaos. ""P. 185


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Make knowledge abundant as air

"- What the traditionalists in this town want is to turn knowledge into the property of everyone, like air.

- Knowledge unshared may start as mystery. It ends by dying out.

- Wrong. The knowledge we protect as Keepers shall not die. We will share it, but not with the many. We shall share it with the few born to command the many to work, just as warriors, will share with us the power to command.

- You're not against sharing, then. Just against the many. ..."

"Knowledge shared is not lost wealth. Knowledge shared is knowledge gained. Knowledge shared with a thousand is knowledge multiplied a thousandfold, probably more.

"To keep our dream of shared knowledge we have had to bury our work as seed. In impotence we watch the gap between rulers as divinities and people as subjects widen.

In vain the sharers remind those still capable of questionning the established order that the waste of a society is enormous wealth at the narrow tip, squandered in spectacular monuments and festivals and passing shows, life reduces to the ostentation of the few in the face of the many impotent. The show goes on, and from every desert in the universe scavengers have come to Kmt, in search of easy prey."

"Women from the nomad tribes, red as desert sand. Some pale, paler than albinos, and just as hepless in the sun. They have not come to Kmt traveling on their own. They have been brought in the train of men of their tribes, gifts to be given to the king. Human gifts: that is what the nomads think their women are"

"A people persuaded their rulers are gods may fight in their defense. But what are they to believe when mere human strangers strike in battle and a divine ruler falls, never to rise again no matter what the lying priests may chant?"

"- We African intellectuals want to share knowledge, but only with the oppressor, not with the oppressed.
- Because no one gets a salary for sharing with the oppressed.
- Even if in the long run such sharing would give everyone enough to make salaries irrelevant?"

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Message par Hwenusu » avr. 28, 18 1:04 am

Two thousands seasons - Ayi Kwei Armah

Page 43 "of the two thousands seasons of destruction what was it the first voice of Anoa said? This :
"Turn from this generosity of fools. The giving that is split from receiving is no generosity but hatred of the giving self, a preparation for the self's destruction. Turn""

"....And then the second voice, the voice of causes:
"There is one cause - all else are branches: you have lost the way. You have forgotten the way of our life, the living way.
.... Reciprocity, that is the way you have forgotten, the giving, the receiving, the living alternation of the way. ... Reciprocity. Not merely taking, not merely offering. Giving, but only to those from whom we receive in equal measure. Receiving, but only from those to whom we give in reciprocal measure. How easy, how jusy, the way. Yet how easily, how utterly you have forgotten it. You have forgotten that justice is not ease. "

"Know this again. The way is not the rule of men. The way is never women ruling men. The way is reciprocity."
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