They're Singing Your Song

TheyWhen a woman in a certain African tribe knows
she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness
with a few friends and together they pray and
meditate until they hear the song of the child.
They recognize that every soul has its own vibration
that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When
the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud.
Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone
else.

Why I gave up sex and drink - but not TV, Bruce Parry, interview

Why I gave up sex and drink - but not TV, Bruce Parry, interviewBruce Parry is smiling sympathetically. As we meet, before Christmas, Britain is in the grip of the “Big Freeze”. But he’s just back from Verkhoyansk, Siberia, where the mercury can dip to -76F (-60C) on a bad day. So please excuse him if he takes all this talk of “havoc” and “gridlock” with a teeny pinch of rock salt.

Tribal memory coming alive in new healing garden

Tribal memory coming alive in new healing gardenAscencion Solorsano de Cervantes was the last member of the Amah Mutsun tribe versed in the traditional ways of medicine. People from hundreds of miles away sought her care.
In the summer of 1929 at age 83, Solorsano, the last fluent speaker of the tribal language, and a longtime resident of Gilroy, Calif., felt death approaching. To prepare, she moved to her daughter's Monterey, Calif., home, bought a new black silk dress for burial and called her family close to say goodbye.

Year in Ideas: Unlocking the night's secrets

Year in Ideas: Unlocking the nightIt takes a certain type of boldness for a group of anthropologists to accuse their colleagues around the world of ignoring fully half of human experience.

But with their call for anthropology to “at last tackle ‘the other half of the world’” by launching a new field of study — nocturnity, or the role of the night in human affairs — that is just what ten mostly French scholars have done in a leading journal.

North Dakota medical center uses meditation room for healing

North Dakota medical center uses meditation room for healingThe patterns of sacred colors pressed in glass on the doors of St. Alexius’ Meditation Room are rounded, reminiscent of Chippewa art and decoration, as well as geometric motifs, like the Lakotas’.

The colors and patterns also are appropriate for a room used by Muslim medical staff for prayer, since there is no depiction of the human form, which is forbidden in Islam.