African Traditional Religion : The Lion King - A ReBirth

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  1. Blackbird

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    How many of y'all ever seen the Lion King? I didn't see until my oldest daughter was old enough to watch it. It's been 2 years now for me. I liked the story and saw the message in it from my first viewing. In May, Lion King Broadway will be coming to Las Vegas so my family and I are making preparations to attend. I recently went on Youtube to see some scenes from Lion King Broadway and I must admit I was quite impressed.

    On the next weeks, what I would like for us to do is an intensive study of the Lion King, it's relation to Sunjata, Shaka Zulu and Black people, as well as, its motif in African spiritual traditions.

    I want our discussion to be interactive - incorporating music, Youtube and other things.

    All on board please sign in with an "Ayibobo".

    Our first exhibit - Exhibit A:



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    I ain't got a clue what "Ayibobo" means, so I'll just say

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    Da circle of life .....Ayibobo....what does it mean ????

    help me out as i'm trying to learn but i've seen LION KING ova a dozen times !
     
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    Ayibobo is a greeting used among Vodouisants.

    Lion King - the ancestors



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    Real-life Rafiki

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    Ndeppkat (priestess of the Ndepp tradition of Senegal)
     
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    Oyinbo has finally submitted to Mama Africa. Amen!
     
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    Inspiration for the Lion masks. Tutsi lion dancers....

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    Here is an excerpt from a Rootworker's, Divine Prince ( A Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans), Keen account page.

    "Many African societies see masks as mediators between the living world and the supernatural world of the dead, ancestors and other entities. Masks became and still become the attribute of a dressed up dancer who gave it life and word at the time of ceremonies.
    In producing a mask, a sculptor's aim is to depict a person's psychological and moral characteristics, rather than provide a portrait.
    The sculptor begins by cutting a piece of wood and leaving it to dry in the sun; if it cracks, it cannot be used for a mask. African sculptors see wood as a complex living material and believe each piece can add its own feature to their work. Having made certain the wood is suitable, the sculptor begins, using an azde to carve the main features, a chisel to work on details and a rough leaf to sand the piece.
    He then paints the mask with pigments such as charcoal (to give a black colour), powders made from vegetable matter or trees (for ochre/earth tones) or mineral powders like clay (to give a white colour).
    African peoples often symbolize death by the colour white rather than black; at the same time, many African cultures see white as the colour that links them to their ancestors, and it can therefore have a positive meaning.

    The second face.

    I am not myself."

    http://www.keen.com/CommunityServer/UserBlogPosts/Divine_Prince/African-Mask-and-the-Bamana---Bambara---Bamanya----Baumana-----Banbara---Manding-----Mandingo--people-tribe-from-Mali--West-Africa/341731.aspx

    He has more interesting information on the Bambara people at his page.

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    Bambara Tiwara masks - similiar to the mask the brother singing at the beginning of the Circle of Life was wearing.

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    Mask from the Gio people of Ivory Coast and Liberia.

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    Notice the similarities in the facial makeup of Rafiki.

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