Reverence and Dignity: Southern African Traditions in Family Constellations, Ceremony and Ritual.
Two important traditional concepts, those of ‘reverence’ and ‘dignity’ are determinant in the orders of ranking or hierarchy in Traditional South African family systems, and seem to echo though out the Orders of Love. This parallel may not be exclusive to Southern African culture, but will be shown to be based in what Southern African traditions term “the laws of God” and what we refer to in family constellation as “natural laws” - by Tanja Meyburgh and Niall Campbell.
A crucial distinction between African and Western approaches to technology, and the realm of African traditional law.
To set the stage: there are two broad categories within traditional law.
Natural Law describes the way things are in the natural world;
People’s Law governs the way of people.
The distinction has its origin in the universal mythological theme known as “The Fall”.
Before this time, there was only natural law, and it applied to all creatures. Natural laws just exist and are themselves evolving.
The Old Stories
So I have to tell the story while we sit together.
Sit here with me.
I have to remember.
If Einstein was right, and a problem cannot be solved using the mindset that created it, perhaps we should be discussing our climate troubles with people who do not share the mindset of the industrial machine…
As we made our way to the house of the old rainmaker in Botswana, we grew excited at the thought of an untapped network of professionals who might know the medicine for climate change. We arrived, greeted and soon learned the rainmakers had long since given up making rain.
When we asked why, the old man laughed as if it was obvious. “Nobody actually makes rain. Rain simply comes when the land is right.” He stared out at the sandy paths between concrete block houses. “And it is not right.”
By Niall Campbell and Nicola Robbins
Shake your Bones
Seashells, hyena and impala bones, a piece of vulture skull and elephant skin tumbled out of the wicker bag onto the mat, the seashell denoting my heart however rolled away onto the carpet. Niall, a practitioner of '"dynamic resonance"' -- a means to read and manage personal energies based on traditional southern African spitiualism -- was divining the situation my life was in using this ancient method of African bones. LONDON, England (CNN) -- By Dean Irvine for CNN
Niall Campbell is a sangoma, a traditional doctor nyanga (medicine man) a doctor of traditional ceremonies as well as institutions as well as a Ngaka ua diKoma, a Doctor of the Law.