In Africa

I mean traditional African societies, a good man/ woman knows no rest even in death. The dead person’s spirit is expected to watch over the community and protect it from calamity.

And the bad man dies completely. Children don’t get their names. They don’t get invoked in times of calamity or joy. They die to the community.

In short, if you want to live long, be good. A good person is one who is useful to the community.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

19 thoughts on “In Africa

  1. judyt54 says:

    Makes more sense than any Christian belief I ever heard of

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  2. renudepride says:

    It seems as all the spiritual teachings of all the religions have the same theme: live a good life and live forever! Thank you for this lesson, my Kenyan brother! ๐Ÿ™‚ Naked hugs!


    • basenjibrian says:

      This seems far superior to the Christian belief in which the eternally saved basically abandon their families and community (with one of their eternal entertainments being the enjoyment of the punishment of the damned family and community members!!!??) for an eternity of mindless sycophantic bliss.


    • makagutu says:

      In a sense they are different. The Buddhist tells you to seek detachment from all things even people. The judeo Christian teaches you to seek your own salvation forgetting everyone else.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I like the idea, but wait a minute. Id like a little rest when Im dead ok?


  4. jim- says:

    So Mak, what will your old African epitaph be?


  5. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚


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