Sunday, April 22, 2007

African Tibet

One of the more hip things you can say at a party is to claim a personal acquaintance with the Dalai Lama. There's a mystique about Buddhism that isn't shared by African Christianity. In fact when the words "African Christianity" are mentioned, the image that comes to mind is probably the missionaries of the African Queen, who bring the enlightenment of Europe to the benighted heathen of Africa. But historically, Europeans were the original heathen. Africa's Christianity as represented by Coptic Egypt and Ethiopian Christianity is far, far older than Europe's. Even today, a monastic tradition survives. It is strange to think there is an "African Tibet" in an area now close to one of the principal battlegrounds of the War on Terror.


Blogger Herr Wu Wei said...

Gore campaign team assembles in secret

Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House...

In an interview on Thursday, which touched on the prospects for next year's presidential election, Mr Clinton commented: "You've got the prospect that Vice-President Gore might run."

The most recent opinion polls show Mr Gore as third favourite to take the Democratic nomination, on about 17 per cent support, only a whisker behind Barack Obama, 45, who is aiming to become the first black US president, and ahead of John Edwards, 53, the senator whose wife was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Vice-President Gore's allies believe that Hillary Clinton, 59, the frontrunner, is unable to win the presidency. The most recent poll shows a growing number of voters think negatively of her, in contrast to Mr Gore, who enjoys far greater popularity than when he lost the 2000 presidential race despite polling more votes nationally than the eventual winner, George W Bush.

The second aide approached by Vice-President Gore's allies said: "There is no love lost between Gore and Hillary. They don't think she can win and they're probably right. If Gore runs, he's got a really good chance of getting the nomination. And he has a good chance of pulling off the election, too."

4/22/2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Herr Wu Wei said...

Gore campaign team assembles in secret

4/22/2007 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

I'll break the trend by being on point. The Ethiopians have been battling Islam for since the 7th century. We need to remember that and help them.

4/22/2007 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

I was going to go O/T too but Bob shamed me back to the path. To bolster his point the Ethiopians have a large amount of physical history and Islam tries to destroy the physical as well as the intellectual history when they set in motion the eradication of a previous civilization.

4/22/2007 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

monty loree

Fu-k off.

4/22/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger jane said...

These might be helpful with just a change of location: sipping our way to a free Africa.

4/22/2007 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Herr Wu Wei said...

Hillary support fades

There has been a massive drop in Hillary's support in Democrats. Her lead has fallen to 5 points instead of double digits. An independent pollster said "the inevitability factor is no longer there".

4/22/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Maybe to avoid looking like a proto-western Jesus, the documentarian/ convert should not have grown the beard-- his look almost distracts from the African devotional heritage :)

Appearances aside, though, his
film looks to be a fascinating take on early Christian tradition extant on a continent we've erroneously consigned to only authentic pagans, colonial Christo-victims and Muslim true-believers.

4/22/2007 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

I have been screaming for years about the arab occupation of the berbers, coptics, kurds & yes JEWISH lands of the moab...

it's time to turn the scream "occupation sucks" back on the arabs, where it should be...

as we speak, israel is 1/650th of the middle east, and has 20% arabs

the arab occupied middle east (not counting turkey or iran, since turks and perisans are not arabs) is 649/650 of it's land mass..

how much is stolen?

where did the arabs COME FROM when they invaded in 640 ce?

4/22/2007 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Beta Israel/ Ethiopian Jews:

" is likely that the community's roots extend 2500 years. Some Beta Israel believes that they are descendants of Menelik, according to legend, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Others believe the Beta Israel to be the tribe of Dan, one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Still others trace the group's history to the biblical parting of the Red Sea, holding that the Jews of Ethiopia were those who did not cross in time and thus escaped from Egypt by heading south. Some scholars have suggested that the Beta Israel are the descendants of a group converted by Jews from southern Arabia (present-day Yemen) roughly 2001 years ago speaking Agaw (a Cushitic language)...

"Before 1977 all but a handful of Beta Israel lived in Ethiopia. In 1984 and 1991, however, the Israeli government arranged two dramatic airlifts (Operation Moses and Operation Solomon, respectively) to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Today more than 60,000 Beta Israel live in the state of Israel, while only a few thousand remain in Ethiopia, concentrated in the capital of Addis Ababa..."

4/22/2007 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Guess I must be the hippest dude in the Club:
HH Dalai Lama on Maui
It is with great pleasure that we announce the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Maui, for two days only, on April 24 and 25, 2007.

4/22/2007 03:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Make No Mistake: This Is War
Michael Chertoff

4/22/2007 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Peace, Love, and Suicide Bombers:

The U.S. State Department has mandated extra security measures for these events. Gates at the Stadium will open at 10:00 am on both days in order to begin security processing. Security will be strict. All attendees and participants will be subject to thorough security checks, including full-body metal-detector and wand security searches at each entrance.

PLEASE NOTE: NO bags whatsoever will be allowed inside the Stadium perimeter. No bags, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, coolers, or chairs will be permitted. Please ONLY bring what is necessary. Please ONLY bring what will fit in your pockets.

No cameras, video recorders or any photo or recording devices will be allowed beyond security check-points.

Baby strollers will NOT be permitted inside the Stadium. You wil be required to CHECK THEM IN at the entrance. Please leave strollers in your car if possible.

NO outside food and beverages will be permitted. NO outside liquids whatsoever will be permitted in the Stadium. Drinking water, food & beverages will be available for purchase inside the Stadium.

4/22/2007 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger who, me? said...

In fact, both Oriental and Eastern Orthodoxy date the essence of their liturgy and theology to the first, second, and third centuries of "the common era," and a good number of Americans, weary of innovation and familiar variant doctrines that turn out to have oddball consequences, are discovering their appeal for worship and viability for affiliation.

Orthodoxy. Not just for documentaries any more.

4/22/2007 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Jewish Odysseus said...

In one of its rare worthy documentaries, PBS broadcast a an interesting show back in 1992, "White Nile, Blue Nile." One part was extremely moving, showing the priests (of Axum, I believe), chanting on the high walls of their mountain city on a certain religious festival, doing a synchronized dance...Which Ethiopian tradition tells was the dance of praise to God that King David did upon his capture of Jerusalem.

Quite a stirring sight.

4/22/2007 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Where is hidden the Arc of the Covenant?

4/22/2007 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...

Finding the Ark of the Covenant might be simpler.

4/22/2007 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger bobalharb said...

David was a streaker, made his living in the protection racket, sent Uriah to the front, and didn't write the Psalms. Nevertheless, I like the guy, too.

4/22/2007 07:05:00 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Allen, most of us are more familiar with the Arch of the Covenant.

4/22/2007 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger bobalharb said...

That's archs of the covenant.

4/22/2007 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Herr Wu Wei said...

The real reason 32 people were murdered at Virginia Tech

During a TV interview a psychiatrist said we should ignore the killer's "delusions" about persecution (bullying).

I agree, and think Cho invented that story, perhaps subconsiously, to save face and cover up the real reason he decided to commit suicide: he was within a month of graduation and felt he was a failure. He had no job offer. He had no girl, and had never dated. There is evidence that Cho was originally an engineering major, but failed at it, and switched to English instead.

Besides being evil (what one of his teachers called "mean"), Cho seemed to blame his failures and problems on others. So he killed a woman from the dorm next to his as a symbol for all the women he had known. He killed people in the engineering building because they were succeeding at something which he had failed at. He then killed himself because he had failed at everything he set out to do, and had nowhere to go after graduation.

4/22/2007 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


re: Arch

Are those shown, the MOST holy arches of the MOST holy city?

4/22/2007 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


Sorry for the misspelling.

4/22/2007 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Holy Toledo, Allen.

4/22/2007 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger exhelodrvr1 said...

"One of the more hip things you can say at a party is to claim a personal acquaintance with the Dalai Lama."

Well, duh!!

"On your death bed, you will achieve total consciousness. Big hitter, the Lama."

4/23/2007 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

444,000 Items for PBS Censorship of 'Islam vs. Islamists' in a few weeks!
Gafney Says Contact your Congressperson to make sure they see it when it is shown for them in DC.
Details at

4/23/2007 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger John J. Coupal said...

The narrator of that documentary appears to have a South African accent.

4/23/2007 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

There is a wonderful book "The Pilgrim Church" by E. H. Broadbent. It is published by Gospel Folio Press out of Grand Rapids MI. It tells the story of the Gospel as it has been taken around the world many times since the first century Anno Domini. Faithful believers have taken the word all the way to China and left Christian cemeteries all across Asia to prove it. This bit of information about African Tibet would seem to fit right into this book.

My Best Regards to you.

4/24/2007 01:29:00 AM  

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