Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World's Great by Todd Outcalt

By Todd Outcalt

Because the spice maker’s cupboard is filled with many herbs, so may still a pupil be jam-packed with Scripture, Talmud, and Legend—an historic Jewish proverb

This connection with legend—or the educating stories utilized by the sages—is a notable testimony to the facility of tale and its position within the background, improvement, and tradition of a humans. Legends have helped humans comprehend each other, and supply a context for using historic ideals in new ways.

A universal Ground is an eclectic quantity of the best legends of the area together with these from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and extra, in addition to a dialogue on why those tales nonetheless subject at the present time. The stories featured reveal how doubtless disparate ideals proportion universal rules and matters which are extra comparable than they're assorted, assisting readers to work out the area round them with a clean perspective.

These tales and parables attributed to saints and sages will provide proposal when you wish to stay a lifetime of generosity, figuring out, and desire. because the e-book brings jointly the main magnificent teachings of the world’s nice faiths, readers will detect new issues of dialog and knowing. Likewise, this choice of tales from voices as varied as Tolstoy and Lao Tzu, from Buddha to Jesus, create a gorgeous tapestry of educating that may be utilized to modern difficulties and private offerings

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56 36 The Heirs of Bilal in North Africa and the Middle East Like African American slave spirituals, these songs sometimes do more than lament. ”57 Though such music is now part of the world music stage, its origins are located in the lila, or night ceremony. Scholar Deborah Kapchan, who began researching Gnawa practices in the 1990s, provides a detailed description of one such ceremony in the Moroccan capital of Rabat: After sunset, women, dressed in caftans colored gold, silver, blue, and orange, streamed into a house with a tall courtyard, waiting for a master musician to appear.

Other participants in the incense-filled room put on the children’s legs an ointment produced from roasted corn. The shaykh then sacrificed chickens, sheep, and goats, applying some of the animals’ blood to the throats, chins, and foreheads of the babies in the room. Other practitioners professed their belief in God and offered prayers for the Prophet. 42 Today the Stambali of Tunis continue to perform ritual healings that simultaneously conjure and appease the spirits. Scholar Richard Jankowsky’s contemporary account of Dar Barnu (Dar Bornu), one of the historic lodges in Tunis, shows both change and continuity in the functioning of one Stambali troupe.

50 It is, he argues, the category of ultimate meaning to which modern thinking about race refers. 51 In other words, regardless of the cultural, phenotypical, historical, linguistic, sociological, and political differences among them, according to this thin notion of blackness, black people share certain physiological traits and are seen as having originated in a place known as Sudanic Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, or black Africa. The global nature of these assumptions is further evidenced by the prejudices that many contemporary humans share about black and African-descended people in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Americas.

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