Celestine’s words of wisdom – the value of life!

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!

Ghana

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. :-)

Ghana

The Beautiful sun of Ghana

Thank you Celestine for your story and allowing me to share with others. We are richer for the knowledge my friend! 🙂

~ Penny

plh

33 thoughts on “Celestine’s words of wisdom – the value of life!

    • Wisely said LuAnn. Sometimes I wonder about the American view of the world, that we spread so freely around. While some of the emerging countries are behind us with technology and “things” to purchase, they (as you point out) are still more closely linked to the wisdom of their past. You have to wonder who is really less fortunate my friend. Of course I don’t refer to the pervasive poverty that exists in most places on the planet. Another thing that doesn’t make sense to me if humans bonded with one another instead of fighting. Stepping off my sounding board now, sorry about that dear friend! 🙂 xx

  1. Oh Penny, I am deeply humbled by the post and all the wonderful comments. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude. But I do know that you know my heart. Thank you, my sister and friend 🙂

  2. Beautiful thoughts, Penny and Celestine!

    In fact, in India too, we give names that have meanings. Hindi words that, I believe, mold the child’s personality. For instance, my son’s name means ‘striving for perfection’… at 17, I think, he does show some signs of being so. 🙂

    Perhaps this is a legacy of ancient civilizations.

    • Thank you so much. I agree Children need to carry their history and legacy with them as they grow and are nurtured. I would like to see this type of legacy reappear everywhere with everyone as we bond together as a human race! Hopeful thoughts anyway. Thank you for your insights and the wisdom from India, greatly appreciated my friend. 🙂

    • Thanks Dianne, indeed Celestine is an exceptional person and I am fortunate that she comes to visit here. Her comment was too awesome to not pass on to others. Glad you agree with me! 🙂

    • Hello bestest friend of mine, Celestine is not only a lovely human being, but gifted and intelligent as well. Her commentary needed to be shared. I was honored to pass along her words Robyn, thank you, all my love, Penny xoxo

  3. Are you sure that’s the sun shining & not Celestine? 😉

    Thank you for sharing her comment. I enjoy learning about different people/cultures around the world. I am always interested too in where names come from & the meaning behind them or why they are chosen.
    xx 🙂 🙂 xx

    • It probably is Celestine shining, and I agree with you, it is fascinating to learn of other cultures around the world. Her commentary was too rich and full to not pass on to others, RoSy! 🙂 xo

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