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Griot
Wisdom of the Mother Land
by Zivai Mtyora View author's profile page

Overview


This book explores the beauty of African traditions through proverbs and short stories all telling one compelling story of the human family. Elderly men and women of wisdom, whose depth of knowledge anchors the traditions of African communities are found in every corner of the continent. Their life experiences inscribed in short commemorative proverbs passed on from one generation to the next. This book showcases the Griots through African proverbs, a practice treasured as a way to communicate truths as a living archive of the continent's wisdom.
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Description


The 13th century saw the birth and origins of the Griots. The Western African Mande, an empire in the nation of Mali, became the center of origins. Known as the custodians of history, the Griot's job was to receive and preserve genealogical and cultural history; elderly men and women of wisdom, whose depth of knowledge anchored the traditions of their communities. These elders are found in every tribe throughout Africa. They are standing cornerstones of their communities. The preservation of village stories, wisdom, and proverbs, as well as the recording of births and deaths, was bestowed on Griots. This responsibility has continued in most parts of Africa today. Rigorous training of a new generation of Griots was conferred to the elders, whose sole responsibility was the safekeeping of all historical traditions and the passing on of wisdom to the next generation. This practice is a treasured tradition of all African communities, making the Griots living archives of the continent's wisdom.
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About the author


Pastor Zivai Mtyora simply want to be recognized and known as a Servant of Christ. Zivai worked at one of the largest birthing centers in the world at Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston from 2008 to 2016 while also successfully coaching soccer, volleyball and basketball at Milton Academy for 11 years. In 2012, he was ordained to full time pastoral ministry at Jubilee Christian Church, one of the largest churches in New England. In addition to full-time pastoring, Zee, as he is affectionately known, is also an inventor and an author. Zee has travelled extensively and has a passion for humanity. He desperately wants to see the Kingdom of God established. Educated in Zimbabwe, England, and the United States of America, Zee is a student at heart. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is working as an associate pastor of strategy and execution at The Worship Center. Zee is married to Gospel artist April Joy Mtyora and they have two sons and a daughter.
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Book details

Genre:BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Subgenre:Inspiration & Personal Growth

Language:English

Series title:Griot

Series Number:1

Pages:88

Format:Hardcover

Hardcover ISBN:9781098398903


Overview


This book explores the beauty of African traditions through proverbs and short stories all telling one compelling story of the human family. Elderly men and women of wisdom, whose depth of knowledge anchors the traditions of African communities are found in every corner of the continent. Their life experiences inscribed in short commemorative proverbs passed on from one generation to the next. This book showcases the Griots through African proverbs, a practice treasured as a way to communicate truths as a living archive of the continent's wisdom.

Read more

Description


The 13th century saw the birth and origins of the Griots. The Western African Mande, an empire in the nation of Mali, became the center of origins. Known as the custodians of history, the Griot's job was to receive and preserve genealogical and cultural history; elderly men and women of wisdom, whose depth of knowledge anchored the traditions of their communities. These elders are found in every tribe throughout Africa. They are standing cornerstones of their communities. The preservation of village stories, wisdom, and proverbs, as well as the recording of births and deaths, was bestowed on Griots. This responsibility has continued in most parts of Africa today. Rigorous training of a new generation of Griots was conferred to the elders, whose sole responsibility was the safekeeping of all historical traditions and the passing on of wisdom to the next generation. This practice is a treasured tradition of all African communities, making the Griots living archives of the continent's wisdom.

Read more

About the author


Pastor Zivai Mtyora simply want to be recognized and known as a Servant of Christ. Zivai worked at one of the largest birthing centers in the world at Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston from 2008 to 2016 while also successfully coaching soccer, volleyball and basketball at Milton Academy for 11 years. In 2012, he was ordained to full time pastoral ministry at Jubilee Christian Church, one of the largest churches in New England. In addition to full-time pastoring, Zee, as he is affectionately known, is also an inventor and an author. Zee has travelled extensively and has a passion for humanity. He desperately wants to see the Kingdom of God established. Educated in Zimbabwe, England, and the United States of America, Zee is a student at heart. He currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is working as an associate pastor of strategy and execution at The Worship Center. Zee is married to Gospel artist April Joy Mtyora and they have two sons and a daughter.
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