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Monday, May 10, 2010

The Women Talk. The Men Listen

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As I was reading one of Gigi’s books Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, I was surprised and tickled by one entry about the Tuareg people. I was so taken with this practice, that I’ve incorporated some of the ritual practices in a performance piece that I’m writing about women.

Check it out:

A beautiful Tuareg (twah-reg) singer sits in front of a tent playing a musical instrument with one string. As the sun sets in the desert sky, she sings in a high voice while Tuareg men sit on the ground and pass around a bowl of milk. They lift their veils to sip. This is ahal, a Tuareg party. The Tuaregs are called “the people of the veil,” but only the men wear veils. When ahal breaks into small groups, the women will do most of the talking. The men will peer over their veils, listening with great respect to the poetry and stories of the women.

-- from Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgove, 1976, The Dial Press, New York

To read more about the Tuareg people, visit the Bradshaw Foundation

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a concept, we need this here! :)

Love,
Auntie T

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Auntie T,

I vote for this also! I LOVE it.
Love,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Now thats different. I believe that it will go over very well.

Love MaDear

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

MaDear,
Oh, how I wish I could experience this. Like I said, I'm including the ritual in a performance piece that I'm writing. Maybe I'll get to perform in it too!
Love,
Alicia

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous -- the man and woman are.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I agree!