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This is a story of a very ordinary person who had a few unique experiences. Anyone could have made the choices I did, which have culminated in a wonderful life of grace. What happened to me could happen to you too. I share my story optimistically that it might inspire you, but I wish for more: I'm hoping that you're encouraged to make braver and better choices, to pave the way to a better and more meaningful life now. You don't have to be special in the eyes of the world to benefit richly from life; that would make it exclusive and only for the elite. We're all special and I hope to show you a way to a rich and fulfilled life no matter who you are. My story is about change. Part of my story is about injustice, the ways in which the state, society, and creed systems can suppress the life of individuals like you and me. But, through and out of this, I also speak of the miraculous release and deeper transformation that comes from wise and courageous choices - and Ram Dass and the friends that led me, in my own life, to that path. This is my story. It begins as a nineteen year-old incarcerated in military detention and solitary confinement during South Africa's apartheid past. It's about a young man having to face his personal demons and the injustice of others, the ways in which state, society, and creed systems suppress the life of individuals like you and me. It's about religious fanaticism which upturns love and compassion in favour of forceful, cruel and unsympathetic adherence to dogma; the actions of overly zealous, spiritually myopic people who believe they are called to judge others even if the consequences of their decisions rip families apart, leave fields of broken hearts and decades of hurt. But, out of this, I also speak of the miraculous release and deeper transformation that comes from wise and courageous choices. Ram Dass, my spiritual teacher and one of the most beloved contemporary spiritual figures serving four generations, led me, in my own life, along a different path. It is a story of change. What happened to me could happen to you too. I share my story optimistically that it might inspire you, but I wish for more: I'm hoping that you're encouraged to make brave choices, to pave the way to a better and more meaningful life for yourself.
In the fetid depths of a Jamaican prison, the half-caste bastard son of an eighteenth-century Jamaican sugar planter is turned into a zombie and banished to the diamond-hungry colonies of the Cape. Thwarted by an unrequited love he unleashes a dire curse, which reverberates across the continents and generations. From the imagination of Peter Merrington, author of Zebra Crossings: Tales from the Shaman's Record, comes an eclectic tale, woven with folklore, fairy tale and magic, that draws urban shaman Malibongwe Ngingingini and his beloved apprentice, Anna Persens, into a quest to heal their land of the zombie's curse: a foul emanation of fog and narcolepsy. The Zombie's curse affects two family dynasties on either side of the Atlantic. Guided by Maria Juanita – the shape-shifting Sister Moon – Malibongwe and Anna's journey takes them from Cape Town to Great Bushmanland, and on to the mystical deserts of New Mexico and the voodoo-fuelled New Orleans, where Lord Tantamount, the Zombie Prince, haunts the highways. The Zombie and the Moon is a blend of real social issues and deep spiritual symbolism that includes a fanciful exploration of astral travel, the role of the ancestors, animist earth spirits, utopian visions, quotidian squalor, social injustice and an aged goat.
Winner of the 2001 CELJ Award for the Best Special Issue This special issue of Poetics Today explores the development of a South African literary identity in the face of its staggering cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity. The collection uses the idea of the "global imaginary" to explore the ways the outside world has constructed ideas about South African literature as well as the way South Africans themselves have fashioned their literary selfhood. Articles address the legacy of colonialism and apartheid and wrestle with the fact that in spite of the fact that there are eleven official languages in South Africa and that many of the cultures have historically relied on an oral tradition, the dominant works continue to be those that are written down, in English. As de Kock writes in his introduction, the collection "raises a multiplicity of questions about the colonization of culture." There has been a "trope of binary pairing," he writes, between white and black, civilized and backward, home and exile, colonizer and colonized, which obscures the richness and complexity of the South African literary tradition. This collection promises to at least begin to correct that oversimplification. Contributors: Louise Bethlehem, Jonathan Crewe, Dirk Klopper, Leon de Kock, Loren Kruger, Sonja Laden, Simon Lewis, Peter Merrington, Patricia Watson Shariff, Pippa Skotnes
Here are egte South African stories that flirt with legend and history, go to bed with world literature, and produce a golem elephant, a talking fish, Black Jim the colonel of dragoons, a Green Man in the Cotswolds, a donkey on heat in Pofadder, ancestral voices and much more. The sangoma Malibongwe Ngingingini is an old friend who moves in realms of consciousness along with his beloved apprentice Anna. Their task is to heal, which they do in ever more inventive forms as they travel in South Africa and then further afield. This first collection of tales from the shaman's record will be followed by further packages of their exploits between the light and dark.
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