Tag: weekend anthropology

The First One’s Always Free … Weekend Anthropology

This is #4 of my little Mini Series on Weekend Anthroplogy. Here’s the link to last week’s edition..

My opening prayer tonight… I got it into my head to find a nice version of Simple Gifts in the toobs. There’s quite a few that are either churchy or Coplandy and just not hitting the mark for me. Then I discovered this. Exquisite.

I looked for a tale from Burma (Myanmar), as I was thinking of this news:

The court has postponed issuing a verdict in the trial of Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It was scheduled to be announced Friday, but her lawyer says the court instead declared an unspecified “legal problem” had to first be decided … The court unexpectedly postponed the verdict until August 11. more about that here

Friday on Saturday, A Tale

As this tonight is my third “Weekend Anthropology” Essay, I guess it’s officially a Series now. heh. Here are links for the previous essays, last week and the week before.

What I’m hoping to do with these is share some little discovery, a tale, a story or myth, of the “Folk” genre, global, multi-cultural, that relates in some way to our current struggles and living.

The tale I have for you tonight (below) is a Friday’s Eve story from Iran/Middle East that I share to show my support and solidarity for “the Global Day of Action on July 25th so the citizens of the world can stand together for:

* Civil and human rights for the people of Iran;

   * Stopping the abuse of power-the imprisonment, torture and killing?.

   * Solidarity with the Iranian people.

To our Iranian brothers and sisters: We have heard your voices, and you are not alone.

I’ve decided to open each essay with a prayer or blessing, to be sure Trickster gets his due set the tone. 😉

Sun Tracks

Atoni (Choctaw)

The track of the sun

across the Sky

leaves its shining message,




us who are here,

showing us we are not alone,

we are yet ALIVE!

And this fire……

Our fire…..

Shall not die


A partial solar eclipse silhouettes birds surrounding a minaret

of the shrine of Sufi Saint Bah-ud-din Zakria in Multan, Pakistan

on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

A Little Bit of Lunacy (Weekend Anthropology)

Just a little… The past few days, it seems there’s been a bit of lunacy going around.

I don’t have the energy for much. It’s been kinda noisy around my house lately, and I don’t mean the YELLING LOUDER variety.

“Weekend Anthropology” … I started last Saturday with one, so I thought I’d try another. This is much abbreviated than before though.


“There seems to be a deep instinct in human beings for making everything compulsory that isn’t forbidden.”

R. Heinlein, The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress