Kevin in Liberia

Its Purpose: to raise awareness of current social, political, ethical, and spiritual issues within a relief and development context in Liberia. Its effectiveness is simple: It relies on me, the author, to provide insightful, and often debate-sparking material that will encourage you, the reader to get engaged through comment contributions, emails, and promoting others to read, re-think, and respond to the important issues discussed.

I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your Providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. ~ a prayer by Blaise Pascal

Friday, January 12, 2007

A Liberian Devil

Any masked dancer or performer,whether for entertainment or ritual. Not to be confused with the Euroamerican concept of "devil, "Satanic," or "evil," though this is the way the term was applied by early missionaries and other travellers to Africa. When a Liberian speaks of "devil business," he means something sacred or mysterious connected with tradition. It is still common usage among English-speaking peoples of urban and rural Liberia, but there is an increasing avoidance of such terms by sophisticated Liberians. It is best to learn the specific local names for any ritual figures and to refer to them respectfully by these names.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Liberian English Lession #2: "belly"

Pregnant. "That woman got
belly" (That woman is pregnant).
Also is standard term for stomach.
+To move or spoil the belly
means "to abort the fetus."

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