Xhosa Names & Meanings: The “ABC’s of Xhosa Names” by Thandiwe Tshabalala.
South African Illustrator and incredibly talented young creative Thandiwe Tshabalala recently sent me these awesome gifs highlighting and celebrating beautiful names in her mother tongue of Xhosa.
Here’s what she had to say about her series:
"Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of apartheid were given names like: Knowledge, Margaret, Mavis (which has negative connotations), Innocentia, Innocent, Jeffrey, Gloria…eek..Let me just stop there. However, when black folks got their ‘freedom’ back, they went back to naming their children African/South African names."
All Africa, All the time.
Ku Klux Klan poster from the 1930s.
Via Prison Culture
It all makes sense now. Seeing this poster reinforces why “communism” and socialism” are so threatening to them. You hear those words tossed around all the time by the angry types. And most of the time I’m think: you have no clue what those things are…
But just look to this poster for context.
All these years. All these wars. All of this death.
They’re afraid of communism? No. They’re afraid of equal footing. They always have been.
replace social equality with social justice
and this applies to tumblr
I think about this all the time, but not in terms of getting a job. As a black person myself, I think I and other blacks have a general idea of what “ghetto” names are. I like the initial idea behind these names - blacks were rebelling against the white Euro-centric culture being pushed on them by creating their own names, and therefore their own culture. However these names, like many things that blacks do have been taken from them and become jokes for whites. Remember Lawshanda in Napolean Dynamite? In America, at least, these names can no longer be taken seriously. That’s why I personally advocate that we start giving our children legitimate African names. Not Arab-Muslim names, but real African names. Those names have meaning and very old history. When you can back an aspect of your culture with thousands of years of history it’s simply harder for it to be appropriated and/or made fun of.
As an African I always took and still do take offense at the way Black Americans rebel against white culture by making what usually ends up being a knock-off of white culture, rather than reaching back to their own actual culture in Africa, which is there waiting for them.
Oduduwa, Olofin Adimula, oba and founder of the Yoruba people
Several legends concerning the origin and ancestry of Oduduwa abound in Yoruba and Benin mythology. The Yorubas believe he is the father of the Yoruba’s and progenitor of all Yoruba Oba’s and the Oba of Benin. The Benin believe that he is a Benin prince called EKALADERHAN who was banished by his father, the Ogiso of Benin. His name, the Benins claim, is derived from ‘Idoduwa”, a Benin word meaning fortune’s path, symbolizing the painful exile from his ancestral home. In support of this, they claim, Oduduwa’s son Oranmiyan later returned to Benin to rule the Empire around 1,000 AD. Oduduwa is believed to have had several sons (16 in number) who later became powerful traditional rulers of Yoruba land, most notably Alafin of Oyo, Oni of Ife, Oragun of Ila, Owa of Ilesha, Alake of Abeokuta and Osemawe of Ondo. Yoruba tradition holds that Oduduwa fled from Mecca to Ile-Ife, bringing with him the Ifa religion which was under persecution in Mecca. He established it firmly in Ile-Ife and founded the Ogboni cult to protect the ancient customs and institutions of his people. The Oduduwa shrine is still worshipped today in Ile-Ife as the cradle of Yoruba culture.
Oral history of the Oyo-Yoruba recount the coming of Oduduwa from the east, sometimes understood by Muslim sources as the “vicinity” or direction of Mecca, but more likely signifying the region of Ekiti and Okun sub-ethnics in northeastern Yorubaland/central Nigeria. A strong theory among the Yoruba is that Oduduwa came from the region of Egypt or Nubia and may have been fleeing from religious persecution or invasion, possibly coinciding with the Greek invasion and colonization of Egypt in the 4th century BCE. Oduduwa is presumed to have entered the Ekiti-Yoruba and Okun-Yoruba region. This region is near the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers, and is where the Yoruba language is presumed to have separated from related ethno-linguistic groups like Igala, Igbo, and Edo
The Ife oral traditions, on the other hand, tell that Odùduwà was the son of the supreme god Olodumare or Olorun, and was sent by him from heaven to create the earth. (Another version of this myth ascribes these episodes to Obatala, casting Oodua, as an usurper).
Descending from the heavens via a chain let down to Ile Ife, Obatala brought with him a cockerel, a pigeon, and a calabash full of dirt. After throwing the soil upon the waters, he set the cockerel and pigeon on the pile of dirt that, in turn, scratched and scattered it around to create the rest of dry land that became the Earth’s surface.
Odùduwà subsequently became one of the first kings of Ife, and then sent his sons out with crowns to rule over all of the other Yorùbá kingdoms, which is why all royal Yorùbá lineages claim direct descent from Odùduwà and refer to the Ooni of Ife as first among equals (popularly rendered in the Latin phrase primus inter pares in Nigeria).
Ile Ife continues to be considered the spiritual capital of the Yoruba.
post suggested by http://roseepetals.tumblr.com/
We’ve never posted something like this before but after I read these tweets about ‘black people’ we had to come to the tumblr community and share this.
These were here other tweets:
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|Latino guy kills some people.|
|White guy kills some people.|
|Society:||Mental illness. (lost soul, complicated psyche, quiet loner, misunderstood, frustrated with life, experienced recent, traumatic, life-altering events that set him off; not to mention all the positive descriptors that are attached to him, i.e. intelligent, PhD candidate, honor roll student, etc.)|