WHAT ARE "THE ALUSI"?
Alusi are all manifestations of Chukwu (the supreme god), which is also responsible for assigning them their different tasks.
The deities act as forces for blessings or destruction, depending on the circumstances, they enforce punishments on “wrongdoers”.
Alusi may be represented as wooden figures and placed in shrines where they are incorporated into weekly and annual rituals.
They are assisted by diviners and priests whose jobs it is to interpret the wishes of the alusi and to perform rituals unto them.
There are different types of alusi and they all have different functions. Some of the major ones includes:
Ala (The Earth goddess)
Anyanwu (The Sun goddess)
Amadioha (The god of Thunder)
Ekwensu (The trickster god)
Ogbanabali (The god of death)
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100 NAMES OF ANIMALS IN CENTRAL IGBO (with Audio)
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WHERE TO LEARN AFRICAN LANGUAGES IN LONDON
It’s often said that “Language is the road map of a culture”.
When you learn a language, you learn the essence of a people. Tonal languages in particular (which many African languages are) require you to have a nuanced and astute approach to receiving and sharing sounds.
As the world continues to globalise, in the coming decades many of the over 6000 languages currently spoken will be rendered extinct. As a language enthusiast and a lover of cultures I find this terrifying. Language is not only a person’s tool to communicate, it’s the code to a long history of a people’s experiences, emotions and understandings, which holds in it an abundance of knowledge and a unique interpretation of the world.
With that said, below is a short directory of establishments that offer different African language courses in London.
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LEARN IGBO IN LONDON
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OKWU ID directory: https://okwuid.com/2017/10/23/where-to-learn-igbo-in-london/
LEARN YORUBA IN LONDON:
Classes Hosted by Next Generation Naijas
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/next-generation-naijas-17676190219 (Eventbrite page)
Courses on Meet UP: https://www.meetup.com/Yoruba-Lesons/
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The process of evaporative cooling has been used across Africa for centuries. Below, we’ve done our best to produce an infographic explaining just how this process works.
What is an Udu? Udu is an Igbo word which means vessel. An Udu is a clay pot which is often often used as a water carrier. (It can also be used as a drum).
Continue reading “HOW THE UDU (EARTHEN POT) KEEPS WATER COLD – AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY”