Mmegi Blogs :: Digging Tswana Roots
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Monday 19 March 2018, 13:44 pm.
Fri 28 Apr 2017, 14:58 pm
After 281 articles under Digging Tswana Roots, this is unfortunately my very last article for this column. There will never be another Digging Tswana Roots. Now, inasmuch...
Fri 21 Apr 2017, 13:26 pm
This, dear reader, is my penultimate article for this newspaper. After more than 280 weekly articles – which is more than five years in this op-ed column – Digging Tswana...
Thu 13 Apr 2017, 15:33 pm
When I began my new Legends series I had not foreseen that the closing instalment of my Baloi miniseries will coincide with the coming forth of Easter.
Fri 07 Apr 2017, 17:07 pm
In this miniseries, we now know that we cannot firmly grasp who baloi (wizards/witches) are at the esoteric (hidden, unobvious) level without first comprehending who they...
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 16:25 pm
It should be firmly entrenched by now, in this current baloi miniseries, that ma-Illui, or ‘Eloi-m(a)’ – thus ‘Elohim’ in Hebrew syntax (which places the noun-pointing pr...
Fri 24 Mar 2017, 15:39 pm
The Setswana term baloi (wizards/witches), we saw, stems from ancient Sumerian. It referred to extremely ancient, pale-skinned, flesh-and-blood humanoids who even then ha...
Fri 17 Mar 2017, 16:36 pm
This week, we continue to explore who baloi really are at the ‘esoteric’ level (the headline last week mistakenly said ‘exoteric’, which level we had already addressed).
Fri 10 Mar 2017, 15:43 pm
‘Esoteric’, we saw last week, means ‘arcane, secretive, meant to be understood by a few’, whereas its antonym ‘exoteric’ means ‘obviated’ or ‘suitable for external dissem...
Fri 03 Mar 2017, 15:53 pm
Last week, we looked at the much-misunderstood concept of baloi (wizards, witches) from an exoteric level. ‘Exoteric’ means ‘obviated’ or ‘suitable for external dissemina...
Fri 24 Feb 2017, 16:54 pm
If ever there was one misunderstood concept in Tswana lore, it is that of baloi (wizards, witches). But the general misapprehension of the term is not confined to Tswana ...
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 11:28 am
Like the Setswana term mmantsiripane (see last week’s article), another that is employed casually, with people having no real sense of how ancient, profound and revealing...
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:32 am
There is a common Setswana term that is bandied about without people having any real sense of how ancient, profound and revealing it is: mmantsiripane. It is a name used ...
Fri 03 Feb 2017, 17:01 pm
Last week, in Part 3 of this miniseries, we saw why bo-dimo (giants) are remembered worldwide as man-eaters. The reason was that as the fateful year of 10 983 BC drew nea...
Fri 27 Jan 2017, 15:57 pm
In Part 2 of this miniseries, we saw that, properly analysed, bo-dimo (giants) were not ‘wayward angels (or spirit-creatures) from Heaven’ that settled on Earth; they wer...
Fri 20 Jan 2017, 14:29 pm
Last week, I showed why in reality badimo (gods) were the same beings as bo-dimo (giants) – which, indeed, is why they are so similarly named. But sadly for us, we have e...
Fri 13 Jan 2017, 15:29 pm
In my last article before the festive break, I unpacked who in reality badimo are and promised to show how and why they were the same beings as bo-dimo…which is why they ...
Fri 23 Dec 2016, 12:23 pm
Last week, I deemed it necessary to begin this miniseries with a short but necessary background overview. Therein, I noted that there is a plethora of evidence – nay: pro...
Fri 09 Dec 2016, 15:06 pm
Although every nation or race or tribe in the world confidently speaks of ancient gods (ba-dimo), the modern tendency is to regard such assertions as primitive and ill-in...
Fri 02 Dec 2016, 15:49 pm
This legend appears to be one of the oldest retold in Setswana lore: it recounts an incident that evidently happened in pre-Flood times. As noted in Part I, it speaks of ...
Fri 25 Nov 2016, 17:46 pm
This well-known Sotho legend speaks of a ‘great sky monster’ that once flew into a village and swallowed everyone.
Fri 18 Nov 2016, 14:38 pm
Now is a good time to pause and look back at the various thematic lines we have explored thus far in this column. Even so, one common thread remains in all of them: that ...
Fri 11 Nov 2016, 15:25 pm
Since I began the new thematic thread of transliterating, and then translating afresh, famous Sumerian epic-poems, there is one thing the astute and alert reader will hav...
Fri 04 Nov 2016, 19:31 pm
In the last layer of this famous Sumerian epic-poem, we uncover the most bitter and plainly threatening layer yet – a layer the ‘gods’ were not meant to easily understand...
Fri 28 Oct 2016, 16:07 pm
The older a language is, the more sophisticated it is likely to be. Sumerian, an ancient language of Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and arguably the oldest written language, show...
Fri 21 Oct 2016, 18:37 pm
Last week, we saw how conventional scholars translate the first eight lines of this 5000-year old Sumerian epic: “
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