In a very recent post An angel’s tears of gold, I told a tale about an angel crying tears of gold each time one person took another persons life (for any reason). I received some very moving comments. But one in particular was so outstanding that I felt the need to share with you.
Celestina Nudana, a loving and talented individual, (her haiku is outstanding) is one of the small handful of bloggers I followed early on. Her home is in Accra, Ghana. Her comment regarding the belief system and culture/history of one of the tribes of Africa is important. I think we can lose some important values from the past if we move into the future too quickly!
With no further introduction I give you Celestine’s words (copied with “her permission” from the comment section exactly as she wrote them):
In Ghana, one of the tribes is the Ewe tribe from the Volta region. In naming their children, they always give names that have meanings and tell a story like ‘God is great’, ‘Except God’, ‘there is time for everything’ (my husband is from this tribe and that is the meaning of his name, though his Christian name is different). The meaning of my first son’s name is ‘Destiny has made me a king’ (though his Christian name is Cedric).
The point to all this is that one of the names given to Ewes at birth is translated to mean ‘A human being/life is more valuable than riches’. Human life is precious, the blood that flows in us cries out to heaven any time a human life is taken. Our culture tells us that blood is life and it has soul so when you spill blood you have murdered the soul and blood that cries for vengeance is always revenged and thus appeased.
At the same time we are told that money is blood so yes, the angel will cry tears of gold, tears of blood, all the blood we shed when take a human life for greed, power and evil deeds.
A powerful, moving and beautiful story, Penny.
Thank you Celestine for your story and allowing me to share with others. We are richer for the knowledge my friend! 🙂