"The Kogi base their lifestyles on their belief in "The Great Mother," their creator figure, whom they believe is the force behind nature, providing guidance. The Kogi understand the Earth to be a living being, and see the colonizers' mining, building, pollution and other activities damaging the Great Mother.
From birth the Kogi attune their priests, called Mamas, to the mystic world called Aluna. It is in this "spirit-realm" that the Mamas operate to help the Great Mother sustain the Earth. Through deep meditation and symbolic offerings, the Mamas believe they support the balance of harmony and creativity in the world. It is also in this realm that the essence of agriculture is nurtured: seeds are blessed in Aluna before being planted, to ensure they grow successfully.
They achieve this through meditation wherein they communicate with all living things on the planet - humans, animals, plants, rock, etc.
They live in Aluna, an inner world of thought and potential. From Aluna they astral travel or remote view to places both on and off the physical planet. Their sacred lands are perceived as a metaphysical symbol of cosmic forces within the whole world - an oracle of the natural balance and health of the planet."
Swedish photojournalist Fredrik Lerneryd spent the last year and a half photographing a group of ballet dancers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in Africa. The program is run by U.K.-based charity Anno’s Africa, which provides alternative arts education to over 800 children in Kenya.
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"It's time to get down to doing my work,
And stop blaming or fixing the world.
But see all I love as a mirror for me,
To feel and heal myself."
I see alien babies
I see you healing your wounds
I see pearl tapioka
I see little mushrooms
I had the chance of being casted in a part of the opening credits of HBO's new series Vinyl... what a badass project
Edited by my dear friend Jessica Ledoux
Produced by Mick Jagger + Martin Scorsese
Excerpts of stunning photos + article by photographer Ioana Epure via Broadly.
"For decades, Ghanaian women have been banished to live in segregated camps on suspicion of witchcraft. The Gambaga witch camp is one of the most famous in northern Ghana."
"I want to know more about the ritual through which the chief determines whether a woman is a witch or not. From some other people I have talked to in Gambaga, I know it involves a chicken being thrown up in the air, but nothing more."
"My inner world is crowded,
With demons from the past.
But once I know and take control,
I master myself at last."
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