Nok

'God has given you one face, and yet you make yourself another' Shakespeare. Never conform to the status Quo. This blog is inspired by knowledge of the old world and truth. Email: Nok_ind@yahoo.com

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GEREWOL FESTIVAL:

A short video snippet recording the Wodaabe festival Gerewol, where the men carefully beautify themselves and perform in front of an opinionated female crowd in the hope of attracting their affectations.

"Have you found a beau? What is it that strikes you first?"

"Oh, certainly none of these fellows."

"How is that possible? Did none of the faces strike you? There is a lot of choice."

"Boring!"

"No wonder, I haven’t competed yet!"

Babongo of Gabon - The Iboga Ritual

The Babongo of Gabon used to be known as pygmies. They’re still treated as second-class citizens by their neighbours. But their expertise and knowledge of the forests is unique and their use of Iboga, a powerful hallucinogenic which lies at the heart of Babongo culture, makes them famous throughout Gabon.  In this video, part of the BBC Series called Tribe presented by Bruce Parry who lives with the Babongo of Gabon and gets initiated into the ritualistic use of the sacred African root, Iboga, the holy sacrament of the Bwiti religion. 

what I like about this video is Bruce Parry does not trivialize the experience and puts it in the right context. He talks about what he see’s and his experiences:

'I saw clearly how ALL our actions have consequences and how all our lives are interconnected not only our personal lives but our relationships with the world around us.'

This is A must watch.

Nok culture

This is why I call my blog Nok, it is named after my ancestors.

The Nok were a culturally, technologically and artistically advanced, proto-Yoruba civilization in what is now called Nigeria.  Some of the earliest examples of sophisticated sculpture in sub-Saharan Africa come from the Nok culture. We do not know what the people called themselves, so the culture was named after the town of Nok where the first object was found. The fired clay or terracotta sculptures range in size from small pendant to life-size figures. Nok is an iron age culture that has been dated between 900 B.C. and 200 A.D. Archaelogical artifacts have been found in Nigeria, primarily to the north of the Niger-Benue River confluence and below the Jos escarpment. According to some accounts, based on artistic similarities between early Yoruba art forms and Nok forms, there may be connections between Nok culture and contemporary Yoruba peoples.

Nok Civilization represents One of the earliest African centers of ironworking and terracotta figure production south of the sahara , the Nok culture remains an enigma. The great sophistication of Nok terracottas has led some scholars to believe that an older, as yet undiscovered tradition must have preceded Nok terracotta arts. It has also been suggested that Nok terracottas have some sort of relationship to later portrait arts, such as those of Ife, but this is currently unproven. Masterful relics severed from their predecessors and successors by the passage of time, Nok terracottas currently occupy an important but isolated space in the history of African art.

references: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nok/hd_nok.htm

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,642521,00.html

http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/tag/nok-culture/

(Source: nok-ind)

BLADE RUNNER - I’ve seen things

Tales and stories based on African Folklore. 

All the above are Novels and artwork that have been heavily influenced by precolonial African history, culture and art.

All Artwork by MSHINDO KUUMBA.

Stories Charles. R Saunders click here for more

Photograph of a Zulu Warrior taken in the early 19th century View high resolution

Photograph of a Zulu Warrior taken in the early 19th century

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