In the Lodge of the Grandmothers, now more than ever, the Egbe, Society of Elders are challenged to support Village Truthtellers, calm the Fears of the Masses, Keep our Event Participants Safe and Strong and Dive into the Darkness of rebuilding safe and healthy communities...against All odds.
Lodge of Agbasanko
Long ago, and far away the Chief Oluwo of Destiny, the embodiment of the Sovereign path to wisdom, the movement of children being reared into strong elders of integrity, came down to one main ingredient...
eko - cultural education
In other words, a road map of manners & behaviors. Knowing and following all P's & Q's (walks of Princes and Queens)
omo gidi - the genuine child
Is a child Blessed and a Blessing to their place in the village, the awareness of their gifts and medicine for the people.
omo komo - the wreckless child
One who lacks eko - a cultural upbringing - destroys the home
A child that wanders through life and a body aging inside & out is likened to a bone doll. Hollow, some say, for Divinity's song to be played. Others grow into "olders" who have stored the medicines of Life, Death & Rebirth along the way.
When an Elder ascends from the Earth to the Higher Realms...
a great tree falls and a library burns down
There are many conversations "waiting to BE Had" about "How we walk in Good Medicine Toward Healthy Elder Culture"
Grandmother Spider is always weaving!
Healthy Elder Culture
Some may well wonder what volumes ARE spoken in the picture above of Nancy Basket & Gogo Sangoma. The primary gift that we so freely exchange with one another and those we serve is the wisdom of Clan Mothers and their place in the overall scheme of things or life in relationship to many villages.
This is a call or heartbeat of the drum that encourages our Earthskills community and Leadership, in particular, to revisit our common intentions and actions toward maintaining Healthy Elder Culture.
The path of Peacemakers, the cultural foundations of Bridgebuilders depends, grows, and flourishes from these intersections of Destiny.
ALL Voices Matter!